Fall River fire chief faces drunk driving charges

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – A Fall River district fire chief is facing DUI charges after leading State Troopers on a brief chase in Dartmouth. 

Massachusetts State Police told ABC6 that Ambrose Smith was arrested early Friday morning near the Dartmouth Mall.

Smith, 54, of Dartmouth, is a district fire chief with the Fall River Fire Department.

A State Trooper responded to a call for erratic driver, identified as Smith, on Route 195 Eastbound shortly before 1:00 a.m. Friday.

Smith refused to stop for State Police, exiting the highway and continuing on Faunce Corner Road, toward Route 6. State Police said during this time, the vehicle failed to stop at a stop light.

Police were able to contain the suspect vehicle before reaching Route 6. State Troopers removed Smith from the vehicle and took him into custody.

Smith was arraigned in New Bedford District Court Friday on the following charges:

  • Operating Under the Influence of Liquor
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Failure to Stop for Police,
  • Failure to Stop/Yield for Traffic Control Signs
  • Marked Lanes Violation. 

Fall River Fire Department said Tuesday that Chief Smith is out of work on personal time.

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