Firefighter Accused Of Driving Drunk With Child In Vehicle

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A local firefighter is in legal trouble. He's accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene of a crash with his young daughter in the truck.

Jason Brockmeyer, 36, of Westerville has been placed on leave from the Franklin Township Fire Department while the Highway Patrol and his superiors investigate.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Brockmeyer was legally drunk when he crashed his car on Miller-Paul Road in Harlem Township. Troopers said he left the scene and went on a lengthy road trip in an attempt to escape. Troopers said his seven year old daughter was in the truck.

The Patrol says Brockmeyer blew a .107 on a breathalyzer after crashing into some mailboxes and a utility pole late Friday night.

Witnesses say Brockmeyer fled the scene of the crash. They say he drove to Delaware and back before stopping. The trip was about 18 miles.

Witnesses say the vehicle was dragging metal and throwing sparks the entire time.

Neighbors say what troubles them most is that Brockmeyer had his little girl with him at the time.

"Well you know he's taking his life in his own hands, but then on top of that, a child. It's just a shame," said Mary Hart.

Brockmeyer is charged with OVI, hit skip, and child endangering.

He is on paid administrative leave from the Franklin Township Fire Department.

Brockmeyer declined comment. He is due in court Wednesday.

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