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CdA Fire Official Faces DUI Charge

A Coeur d'Alene deputy fire chief charged with driving under the influence of alcohol was not arrested at the scene despite failing a field sobriety test after being pulled over. Jim C. Washko, a 15-year Coeur d'Alene Fire Department veteran, was cited and released for misdemeanor DUI shortly after midnight Dec. 22. Idaho State Police stopped the vehicle he was driving when they noticed the front seat passenger vomiting out the passenger's side door, according to the ISP arrest report. Washko registered a .130/.131 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit for impaired drivers in Idaho is .08. He failed a balance, walk and gaze sobriety test along the roadside near the intersection of Fourth Street and Dalton Avenue, according to the arrest report filed in First District Court, but was not booked in Kootenai County jail/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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