Loveland Fire Rescue Authority division chief Merlin Green resigns after DWI ticket on the job

LOVELAND, Colo. - A Loveland Fire Rescue Authority chief has resigned after he was accused of responding to a fire under the influence of alcohol.

Loveland police say division chief Merlin Green responded to a fire that broke out in the basement of Fatso's Restaurant on Sunday night in his department vehicle. Loveland police officers say Green smelled of alcohol and failed roadside sobriety tests.

He was ticketed for driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI), according to the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority.

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

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

Regarding Green’s departure, Loveland Fire Chief Randy Mirowski said “I want to thank Chief Green for his 27 years of service to the fire department and the Loveland community. I also wish him the very best in the future.”

Green had been with the department for 27 years, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.