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News 2 questions lead to BR firefighter's arrest

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Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:19 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 11, 2014 11:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Shane Jeremy Spillman, Baton Rouge Firefighter Union President, Arrested, DWI, Captain, Fire Department, WBRZ

PRAIRIEVILLE - The president of the Baton Rouge Firefighters Association was arrested Tuesday when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit discovered he had an active warrant out for his arrest.

State Police arrested Shane Jeremy Spillman on March 1 for second offense DWI and improper lane usage. Booking records show he posted a $1,300 bail, but an error didn't show Spillman still had an active arrest warrant failing to appear in court two years ago after his first DWI arrest.

News 2 was going through court records Tuesday and made that discovery, which is when the Ascension Parish Sheriff took Spillman back into custody.

Spillman's alleged actions concern Mothers Against Drunk Driving, especially since he's a captain with the Baton Rouge Fire Department and president of the Baton Rouge Firefighters Union.

"MADD would not want him behind the wheel of a firetruck," April Higgins with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said. "People in the community look up to him and really hope he would do the right thing, and be that role model people will look up to."

State Police said on March 1 Spillman refused a breath test after he was stopped near I-10 in Prairieville. When troopers arrested Spillman, they also took his license.

Fire Chief Ed Smith told News 2 firefighters must have a valid driver's license, but he declined to comment on Spillman's case because it was a personnel matter. Smith added that discipline is decided on a case-by-case basis, and it's too early to tell if Spillman will face disciplinary action.

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