Brownburg fire chief resigns following drunk driving arrest

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The chief of the Brownsburg Fire Territory has resigned.

Chief William Brown submitted his letter of resignation Thursday. The board accepted the letter and is effective immediately. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Rinehart as acting Fire Chief until the executive board hires a new chief.

Court documents released on Thursday revealed new details about the arrest Brown.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Brown’s DUI arrest happened Sunday night after he reportedly crashed into construction equipment near Massachusetts Avenue and St. Clair Street. When officers approached Brown’s vehicle, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Brown’s breath.

Court documents detail that when officers asked Brown what happened, he “could not answer the question with any coherent speech,” but did manage to tell them “I’m a fireman.”

Brown told officers he was heading home from a bar and restaurant on Mass Ave. When they asked Brown if he’d had any alcohol, Brown said, “I don’t want to tell you.”

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(Provided Photo/IMPD)

After ignoring several requests to get out of his car, Brown finally did, but needed help standing up because he was so unsteady. According to the probable cause affidavit, Brown then asked the officers if he could urinate. They said he could urinate behind the construction equipment so no one would see, but Brown urinated in his pants, court documents detail.

When officers asked Brown if he’d take a chemical test, Brown ignored them. When asked a second time he again said, “I’m a fireman.” When asked a third time he said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Brown was then placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital.

Court documents note that while officers were still on scene, they were approached by the manager of the bar Brown was at. The manager said Brown “was pretty hammered when he came in” to the bar but said he ordered food and that they served him a few vodka and cranberry drinks.

Brown was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a BAC of greater than .15 percent.

He was driving a vehicle issued to him by the city of Brownsburg.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that the Brownsburg Fire Territory had previously placed Brown on administrative leave without pay.

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