Report: Witnesses Ignored in Probe of Fire Official's Crash

Sunday, Oct 18, 2009  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Report: Witnesses Ignored in Probe of Fire Official's Crash

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Montgomery County fire investigators didn't interview key witnesses during their probe of a crash involving a high-ranking fire official, according to a report from the county's inspector general.

Former Assistant Fire Chief Gregory DeHaven struck a police car and another car, then hit a third vehicle on a ramp to Interstate 270 near Rockville last November. He was driving a county vehicle.

A test conducted three hours after the crash showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 -- almost twice the legal limit.

DeHaven was fired and is appealing his dismissal.

Investigators didn't talk to at least six people who told others that DeHaven had trouble standing and showed other signs of intoxication after the accident, according to the report.
 

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