Austin firefighter suspended after DWI arrest

Blake Mashburn suspended from his job as an Austin firefighter after DWI arrest (Courtesy: Williamson County Jail)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighter Blake Mashburn has been suspended from his duties after he was arrested for a DWI.

According to the disciplinary memo, Mashburn was approached by officers at a Sonic in Cedar Park on June 13 after reports of reckless driving. Police say Mashburn refused the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for a DWI.

Once they arrived at the Williamson County Jail, Mashburn’s blood was tested for the alcohol content, which was at .126; .08 is the legal limit. According to jail records, Mashburn also faces charges for possession of a dangerous drug.

The memo states Mashburn violated several Austin Fire Department policies, from “intoxication off duty” to “unbecoming conduct” and “failure to comply with laws.” Mashburn agreed to the 60-day suspension along with several other terms given by the department. He will have to complete a rehabilitation program or undergo counseling for alcohol. Additionally, he will be required to agree to random alcohol testing for one year after his suspension, which was ordered by the Fire Chief.

If he fails to meet the terms, Mashburn will be indefinitely suspended and won’t have the right to appeal.

He has since bonded out of jail after being held on a $2,500 bond.

In July, another firefighter was suspended for 60 days following a DWI arrest.

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