Iowa fire chief accused of drunk driving in ambulance

Police said Thomas Launderville slurred his words during a radio call as he was driving a patient to the hospital


Associated Press

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — A central Iowa fire chief has been accused of being drunk while driving an ambulance and taking a patient to a hospital.

Greene County court records say 39-year-old Thomas Launderville is charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.

Thomas Launderville is charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense.
Thomas Launderville is charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense. (Photo/Jefferson Police Department)

A Jefferson City police officer says in the records that he heard Launderville slur his words during a radio call late Friday as Launderville drove the Grand Junction ambulance and a patient to Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Launderville has since been dismissed as Grand Junction's fire chief.

The records say the officer arrested Launderville at the hospital, and a breath test later showed Launderville had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.

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