Bradenton firefighter resigns 3 days after DUI

rdymond@bradenton.comJanuary 21, 2014 


BRADENTON -- A Bradenton Fire Department firefighter has resigned, three days after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and refusing to submit to a DUI test.

In a statement released Tuesday, Fire Chief Chuck Edwards wrote, "On Jan. 17, the Bradenton Fire Department accepted the resignation of firefighter Brian Knuckles, effective immediately."

At 11:13 p.m. Jan. 14, Knuckles was stopped in a truck for running a steady red light at 900 39th St. W., according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The deputy who stopped Knuckles reported he immediately noticed signs of impairment, including a strong odor of an alcohol beverage.

Knuckles, 44, reportedly had watery, glassy bloodshot eyes and slow, slurred speech.

Knuckles agreed to take a field sobriety test and told the deputy he takes 0.5 milligrams of prescription Xanax, which he had taken.

Knuckles reportedly was unsteady when he stepped out of the truck and when he walked to the test site. Knuckles reportedly failed all standard sobriety tests and refused to submit a breath test.

Knuckles was immediately taken to Manatee County jail.

The deputy checked Knuckles' operator's license and reportedly confirmed a previous suspension for refusing to submit to a breath test.

Knuckles' record shows he was charged with driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level Sept. 6, 2003, according to the Manatee County Sheriff Office's jail website.

Knuckles was released from jail Jan. 15 after posting a $1,000 bond, which included $500 for the DUI charge and $500 for refusal to submit to a DUI test, the jail website states.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter@ RichardDymond.

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