SF firefighter could face DUI, hit-and-run charges

He plowed into a motorcyclist and left the scene while driving a ladder truck to what ended up being a false alarm call


Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say DUI and hit-and-run charges may be filed against a San Francisco firefighter after a ladder truck he was driving plowed into a motorcyclist and left the scene.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 43-year-old Michael Quinn was arrested about two hours after the crash late Saturday.

The newspaper says Quinn was driving a truck with lights flashing and the siren blaring, responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Sources tell the Chronicle Quinn's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.13 percent, well above the legal driving limit.

The motorcyclist was hospitalized in serious condition but was expected to survive.

Prosecutors say they expect police to present a case to them Tuesday for possible charges.

A department spokeswoman says Quinn, who has been a firefighter for more than 20 years, has been suspended without pay.

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