- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BETHEL, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont volunteer firefighter who responded to a crash involving serious injuries has been charged with drunken driving.

Authorities say 66-year-old James Hart of Bethel responded to a crash Tuesday in which a New Hampshire driver crossed the center line on Camp Brook Road and struck a motorcyclist and his passenger.

They say 22-year-old Gustavo Chang of Manchester, New Hampshire, struck a motorcycle driver by 74-year-old Dale O’Keefe of Madison, Wisconsin. Keefe’s left foot was severed in the crash. His passenger’s leg was severed leg.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1gBG6YI ) that a roadside test showed Hart had a blood alcohol content of 0.10. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and is due back in court next month.

A phone listed in Hart’s name has been disconnected.


This story has been corrected to show that it was a firefighter, not an officer, who was charged with drunken driving.

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