Texas Firefighter Suspended After DWI Crash

A Texas firefighter who reportedly was responding to an alarm, crashed into an occupied dwelling and is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated.

Blake Stevens, 31, a volunteer firefighter in La Porte, was arrested after his pickup truck slammed into a child’s bedroom last night. Witnesses say he was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time, and has a reputation in the neighborhood for doing so.

Stevens has been suspended from the La Porte Fire Department. Houston Public Media is also reporting that Stevens was charged with illegally carrying a handgun besides the DWI charge.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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