Fire department battalion chief charged with DUI

Published 11:23 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue battalion chief is charged with drunken driving after a Friday night incident, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

A Suffolk police officer observed a vehicle stopped at a traffic light on Holland Road, George said. The car remained stopped through two cycles of the light, so the officer approached the car.

Charles Knight

He allegedly found Charles Knight, a battalion chief, as the driver, George said. The officer allegedly observed the odor of alcohol about his person, she added.

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The incident occurred in Knight’s personal vehicle while he was off duty, she said.

Knight is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to submit to a blood or breath test and reckless driving. He is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation, George said.