AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin-Travis County EMS medic who is accused of driving while intoxicated in July has been suspended for 30 days, according to a disciplinary memo.
The memo states Medic Charlie Rust, while off-duty, was arrested by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and charged with DWI on July 8. A test revealed Rust, 43, had a blood alcohol content of .168, which is twice the legal limit. When interviewed by his department, Rust admitted he made a mistake by drinking alcohol and then driving.
In addition to his 30-day suspension, Rust will have to complete a counseling and rehabilitation program for alcohol-related issues. Rust also agreed to be placed on a probationary period of one year, during that time, he will be subjected to random alcohol testing.
Rust has been employed with the department since 1999.