WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County firefighter has been charged with drunken driving after clipping a mailbox Thursday morning while driving a fire truck, authorities say.
Jordan Ray Bouley, 23, also was charged with hit and run and weaving/failure to maintain lane, Houston County jail records show.
Bouley, whos worked for the Houston County Fire Department for about a year, was suspended without pay pending termination, Houston County fire Chief Jimmy Williams said.
Bouley blew a .086 and .089 on a Breathalyzer test administered at the Houston County jail by the Georgia State Patrol, said GSP Cpl. Elbert Slappy. The legal limit is .08.
Georgia State Patrol was asked to administer the test as an independent third-party, Williams said. The trooper arrived at the jail at 12:15 p.m., Slappy said.
Sometime earlier, a resident along Collins Avenue in Centerville saw a fire truck hit a mailbox without stopping and called authorities, Williams said. The mailbox was knocked off and had to be replaced, he said.
The time of the incident was unclear. Williams estimated receiving word of it at about 10:30 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol was notified at 12:02 p.m., Slappy said.
Once it was determined which fire truck was on the road and who was driving, an assistant fire chief was dispatched to meet Bouley, Williams said.
Bouley had pulled into Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins where he was scheduled to give a fire safety presentation to children, Williams said.
Bouley was taken in the assistant chiefs county vehicle to the jail for administration of the test and was subsequently arrested by the Georgia State Patrol, Williams said.
Were very fortunate that no other persons were involved, Williams said. It was a mailbox.
Williams said the agency has a zero-tolerance policy.
Ken Carter, Houston Countys personnel director, said the countys policy drops the legal limit to .04 for an employee operating a county vehicle. A violation is an automatic suspension pending termination, he said.
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