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Iowa fire chief fired after allegedly driving patient in ambulance while drunk


An Iowa fire chief is accused of going above and beyond the call of duty last Friday night when he drove an ambulance while drunk.

Thomas Launderville, now the former fire chief of 800-resident Grand Junction, Iowa, was heard slurring his words on a radio call while driving a patient to a local hospital, leading to police Sgt. Shane Jones to meet him at the hospital, according to court records obtained by the Des Moines Register.

After Jones, Launderville and fellow first responders helped the unnamed patient into the hospital, Jones spoke with Launderville, who admitted to having three or four beers, the court documents said.

Launderville, however, was hesitant to prove that amount of consumption and refused a field sobriety test. He was then arrested at the hospital around midnight and charged with operating while intoxicated, a second offense, according to records.

When police administered a breath test about an hour after the arrest, Launderville blew a blood alcohol content of .210, more than twice the legal limit, the complaint said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Launderville had previously been convicted of operating while intoxicated in October 2014, according to the complaint.

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