Ill. FF charged with DUI in fatal fire engine crash

The Rockford firefighter had a THC concentration above the legal limit

By Bill Carey 

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A Rockford firefighter has been charged for his part in a fatal crash while driving a fire engine while intoxicated. 

Rockford Firefighter Miguel Holland has been charged with reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death, WFIR reported. 

Holland was allegedly behind the wheel of a Rockford fire engine on March 6 when it crashed into a car. The driver of the car, Marta Esquivias, died from her injuries. 

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office stated Holland’s legal blood draw showed a total THC concentration of 19.0 +/- 4.0 ng/mL. Investigators said Holland claimed he had not used THC in about a week.  

The investigation also determined that the sudden speed deceleration report showed the fire engine was going nearly 20 mph over the posted speed limit before the crash. 

Holland faces up to 33 years in prison.


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