No Charges Yet For Alleged Drunk-Driving SF Firefighter

No charges will be filed yet against a San Francisco firefighter who was arrested on suspicion of DUI last weekend after a crash involving a motorcycle and the fire truck he was driving, a district attorney’s office spokesman said today.

Prosecutors are not moving forward with a case against 43-year-old Michael Quinn for the time being, district attorney’s spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Previously: Alleged Drunk-Driving SF Firefighter Had Recently Survived Hang Gliding Accident

The collision occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Fifth and Howard streets in the city’s South of Market neighborhood, police said.

The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Quinn was later arrested and was booked into jail on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of a collision, according to police.

“At this point, the case is discharged pending further investigation,” Bastian said this morning. “We are in communication with the San Francisco Police Department.”

Fire officials said Quinn, who was placed on leave without pay, is a 23-year veteran of the department and worked at Station 1, located at 935 Folsom St.

Quinn has no disciplinary record and has two merit awards for his actions as a firefighter, said Tom O’Connor, president of San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, the union representing the city’s firefighters.

The incident happened weeks after Quinn narrowly escaped serious injury in a hang-gliding accident off of San Francisco’s Fort Funston.

Jason Bowen, a bystander who witnessed the incident, said Quinn’s hang-glider fell apart and he dropped hundreds of feet into the water below.

A fisherman and two other good Samaritans on the beach helped rescue Quinn, who was tangled in the glider’s wires.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said Monday that Quinn had already been released from jail following his arrest.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • GleasonV

    The most guilty in this case are the officers at Station # 1 who knew well his condition, let’s not kid ourselves, and yet considered it “no big thing” or that unusual.
    This is merely the tip of a bar room spittoon.

  • GleasonV

    The most guilty in this case are the officers at Station # 1 who knew well his condition, let’s not kid ourselves, and yet considered it “no big thing” or that unusual.
    This is merely the tip of a bar room spittoon.

  • GleasonV

    What the SFFD is struggling with, is their bragging of a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to firehouse drinking.
    A couple of years back they fired a black, female firefighter for drinking on the job, claiming “zero tolerance.”
    Now they are trying to figure out a way to keep a “white male” in the Department
    for, not the same violation as the female firefighter for she didn’t hit anyone or leave the scene of an accident, and somehow appear as not condoning the long tradition of drinking in our San Francisco firehouses.

  • GleasonV

    What the SFFD is struggling with, is their bragging of a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to firehouse drinking.
    A couple of years back they fired a black, female firefighter for drinking on the job, claiming “zero tolerance.”
    Now they are trying to figure out a way to keep a “white male” in the Department
    for, not the same violation as the female firefighter for she didn’t hit anyone or leave the scene of an accident, and somehow appear as not condoning the long tradition of drinking in our San Francisco firehouses.