Brownsburg Fire Chief placed on leave after drunk driving arrest

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 13, 2016) — An executive board placed the Brownsburg Fire Chief on administrative leave without pay, following his arrest for drunk driving Sunday.

Chief Bill Brown was arrested on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis after he crashed his department-issued car. According to charges filed Wednesday, Brown was at twice the legal limit, with a BAC over .15.

The Brownsburg Fire Territory executive board met in an emergency meeting and voted unanimously to place Brown on leave. Board members said very little about the decision and did not answer questions or allow interviews.

“We are aware of the citizens’ concerns regarding the recent allegations concerning Fire Chief Bill Brown,” chairman Donovan Peoples said. “We will not be making any further statements on the matter at this meeting or after.”

Brown was temporarily replaced by Assistant Chief Keith Rinehart, who was voted acting chief at the meeting. Rinehart also declined comment on the case.

Brown’s initial hearing is scheduled in Marion County Court on Thursday morning. Two misdemeanor charges have been filed against him for operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more.

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