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Madison Firefighter Found Guilty Of DUI

December 15, 2010, 8:02 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Madison Firefighter Found Guilty Of DUI
MADISON, SD - The Madison volunteer firefighter arrested for driving a fire truck drunk over Labor Day weekend was found guilty of driving drunk after an all day trial Wednesday. Forty three-year-old Scott Johnson fought his DUI charge all the way to a jury trial. But, Lake County jurors only deliberated for 45 minutes before finding him guilty of driving drunk just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

Johnson was working as a bouncer at Teezer's bar over the Labor Day weekend and several witnesses testified at the trial that he had also been drinking.

After it closed, Johnson was called out to a fire around 2:30 a.m. but the call turned out to be a false alarm.

A Madison Police Officer, who noticed Johnson at the bar earlier in the night, saw him driving a fire truck back to the station and confronted him after he parked the truck in the garage. Twenty minutes later Johnson took a blood test which showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.098, just over the legal limit.

Johnson's attorney, Dan Brown, argued investigators couldn't prove Johnson's blood alcohol level at the exact time he was driving the truck. But, a state chemist testified Johnson's alcohol level was likely higher while he was behind the wheel, and the jury agreed with the prosecution, convicting Johnson of driving drunk.

Johnson has been suspended from the Madison fire department since his arrest, but the fire chief tells KELOLAND News he's glad this case is over because he wants Johnson to be a volunteer firefighter in Madison again.

Chief Jerry Johnson says Johnson's been a very good member of the fire department, and Wednesday's guilty verdict doesn't change that. So, even with a DUI on his record Johnson will soon be back to work as a volunteer firefighter.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on January 3. He faces up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine.
 



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