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Iowa fire chief, fired after allegedly drunkenly driving the patient to the hospital, and while on the road

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The chief of the Iowa fire service, was charged after investigators say he was behind the wheel of an ambulance with a patient inside, and drove to the emergency vehicle while intoxicated.

Thomas Launderville, 39, was fired from his post in chicago after the alleged incident took place Friday. He was driving a patient to the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, when Jefferson City police officer, apparently, had heard of the fire chief, slurring his words, make a radio call.

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When Launderville when we arrived at the hospital, he allegedly admitted to having three or four beers, and was arrested and imprisoned, WHO-TV reported. A breathalyzer test, which Launderville, reportedly refused to be in the first place, he had a blood alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit, according to the Green County court records.

Thomas Launderville, 39, was charged with operating while intoxicated, for allegedly driving a patient to the hospital for it while he was drunk, on a Friday.
(Greene County Jail)

Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said that the allegations made against Launderville “it gives everyone a black eye, and that it is within the law enforcement, fire service, ambulance service, and with a black eye, it’s about the people looking at us in a negative outcome.”

“It’s all over. Something that you hope you don’t run into it or see it,” Williams said. “No one is above the law.”

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Launderville, was charged with operating while intoxicated. It was his second offense, as a result of an accident in Greene County in October of 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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