Loveland Fire Marshal placed on leave, accused of responding to a fire while drunk

Fire Marshal Merlin Green charged with misdemeanor

LOVELAND, Colo. - A Loveland Fire Rescue Authority official has been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of responding to a fire under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, Fire Marshal Merlin Green was charged Sunday with driving while ability impaired.

Loveland police say Green responded to a fire that broke out at Fatso's Restaurant in his department vehicle. Loveland police officers say Green smelled of alcohol and failed roadside sobriety tests.

Green's blood alcohol level was reported just below the limit of driving under the influence; his reading was 0.074 percent, according to a Loveland police report.

Officials say Green was there to investigate the fire and was not fighting the fire.

Green could not be reached for comment.

He is the chief of the department's community safety division and has been with the department for 27 years, according to the paper.