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Sheriff: Man suspected of driving fire truck while drunk

March 19, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of driving a fire truck while drunk.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson told WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/1RaISzJ ) that 34-year-old Phillip W. Gasaway, a member of the Unity Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department, lost control of the fire truck while he was responding to a grass fire on Thursday night.

Gasaway was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and is scheduled to appear in court on April 16, authorities said.

WTVA reports that Gasaway said he swerved off a county road to avoid an oncoming car.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Gasaway has an attorney.


Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com

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