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Deputies: Firefighter arrested for DUI after hitting police cruiser

Kanawha County deputies say David McGuire was charged with DUI after deputies say he struck a police cruiser in East Bank. (WCHS/WVAH)

An East Bank volunteer firefighter was charged with DUI Tuesday morning after deputies say he was driving his personal car while drunk and hit a deputy's cruiser at the scene of a call.

David McGuire, 28, of East Bank is charged with DUI.

Cpl. Stephanie Adams was responding early Tuesday to an unattended death call on Ferry Street. A black Ford Focus backed down the street and struck the passenger side of the parked cruiser while she was sitting inside, according to the criminal complaint.

Deputies said McGuire is a firefighter at the East Bank Volunteer Fire Department and lives on Ferry Street. They said he showed up to the scene in his personal car to see if anyone needed help after seeing emergency vehicles there.

While talking to McGuire following the crash, Adams said she could detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and that he also had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

"When I asked Mr. McGuire to exit the vehicle, he became belligerent, argumentative and aggressive. Mr. McGuire was unsteady on his feet and had to be assisted to my cruiser to he would not fall down," Adams wrote in the criminal complaint.

Deputies said McGuire failed a series of field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content level was 0.163 percent.

East Bank Volunteer Fire Department Chief Thomas Tucker issued a statement following McGuire's arrest.

In the statement, Tucker said Kanawha County Ambulance and Cedar Grove Ambulance were dispatched to a call on Ferry Street in East Bank. The fire department said the call came in as a cardiac arrest, and the medics arrived at the scene to find an unattended death. Kanawha County deputies responded to the scene on Ferry Street.

“In the time between the deputies arriving at the scene, David McGuire who lives on Ferry Street as well, was returning home for the evening and asked the medics if they needed assistance,” the statement said. “McGuire is a firefighter at East Bank Fire Department however, the fire department was never dispatched to the call.

“No firefighters or anyone affiliated with the fire department had any involvement whatsoever with this call. The East Bank Fire Department doesn't condone the conditions or actions of McGuire and sends condolences to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.”

McGuire was taken to the South Central Regional Jail and arraigned by Magistrate Mike Sisson. Bond was set at $5,000 property or $500 cash.





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