SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island teacher and assistant fire chief is facing charges after allegedly crashing an official volunteer fire department vehicle while driving drunk on Route 25.
According to police, David McKillop, 55, of Aquebogue, collided with several poles while driving along Route 25 in Southold at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The officer who stopped him in Mattituck noticed windshield was shattered. He had pretty significant damage to front end of the vehicle with the bumper hanging and a headlight out,” Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said. “After interviewing the driver…he came to the conclusion he was intoxicated and he was arrested.”
According to officials, there were two other passengers in McKillop’s vehicle. No one was injured.
According to officials, McKillop has been a member of the Jamesport Fire Department for the last 20 years and has maintained a “spotless record.” McKillop also works as a social studies teacher in the Riverhead school district and coaches several school sports teams.
McKillop’s colleagues expressed shock over the incident.
“I am the one who got him in the firehouse and I am very upset what happened, and I would really like to know the facts,” Ray Janis, of the Jamesport Fire Department, said.
McKillop did not answer the door of his home and his attorney said it was inappropriate to comment until all the facts are in, McLogan reported.
Friends say McKillop seemed fine earlier in the day, where he was marching in the annual Washington’s Day parade in Greenport.
McKillop was released without bail after his lawyer argued it was his first offense, as well as citing McKillop’s deep community ties.
He is due back in court on April 8.