S.D. FF Driving Fire Truck Gets DUI

A Madison volunteer firefighter has been accused of driving a fire truck while under the influence.


A Madison volunteer firefighter has been accused of driving a fire truck while under the influence, according to KELO-TV.

Firefighter Scott Johnson, 42, responded to a fire alarm call at a local business at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 and was charged with a DUI after leaving the scene.

An officer who had crossed paths with Johnson earlier in the night was at the scene and thought there was a chance he was under the influence. The officer followed him back to the firehouse, gave him a breathalyzer test and arrested him.

Fire Chief Jerry Johnson told the news station that the firefighter has been suspended from the department.

"The matter is being addressed in the appropriate manner, and what our policy dictates as far as the fire department is concerned, it is being addressed in that manner," he said.

The fire chief also said all of his firefighters are volunteers and he can't tell them what to do in their free time.

The police chief is standing by the officer's actions and told the news station that it shows no one is above the law.