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Utah fire captain pleads guilty to DUI

Published January 30, 2014 1:54 pm

Courts • Gannon rear-ended vehicle, injuring occupants.
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A Weber Fire District captainchargedof driving under the influence of alcohol pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Tuesday.

Joseph Gannon, 45, was originally charged in Ogden's 2nd District Court with three counts of class A misdemeanor DUI.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to a reduced class B misdemeanor DUI, and the remaining two charges were dismissed. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11.

Ogden police arrested Gannon after an Aug. 21 traffic accident, where he rear-ended the vehicle in front of him and caused injuries to the occupants of the other vehicle, according to a probable cause statement filed in court. The fire captain failed a field sobriety test, and told an officer that he drank between six and seven beers before driving, according to court records.

Gannon was booked into the Weber County jail, and was released the same day. Weber Fire District Chief David Austin has said that Gannon called his department immediately after he was released from jail to tell them about the situation. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the situation, Austin said in September.

Gannon started with the Weber Fire District in 2006.

Austin was not immediately available for comment Thursday regarding Gannon's current employment status.

In 1995, Gannon pleaded guilty to a class B misdemeanor DUI in 2nd District Court in Layton. He was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to pay a $700 fine, and complete 64 hours of community service and an alcohol treatment program, according to a search of court records.


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