Former Irondequoit Fire Dept. Chief charged with DWI after crash on St. Patrick's Day weekend

Created: 03/25/2014 2:17 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

It took a while but we finally got it. After filing a Freedom of Information request, News10NBC obtained the police report of a former St. Paul F.D. Fire Chief charged with DWI. It happened the Saturday night of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Rochester and the report says the driver was wearing his "St. Paul firefighter uniform."

John Oldenburg III is charged with DWI and failure to keep right. 

According to the Irondequoit Police report, Oldenburg crashed his car on St. Paul Boulevard at 8:27PM Saturday, March 15th. Next to "condition of clothes" the report says Oldenburg was wearing a "St. Paul firefighter uniform." 

The accident happened 3/10th of a mile from Oldenburg's home.

Watch the video of how close that is tonight at 6

We contacted the St. Paul Fire Department Chief Bill Dyrland.

"I'm fully aware of the situation but I'm not going to comment because he was not on duty, he was not driving in a fire department (vehicle) and not responding to a call," Chief Dyrland said. "It was a personal issue."

We asked the chief about his thoughts on Oldenburg wearing his dress uniform. Chief Dyrland said "the investigation not complete on that end of things, so no comment."

According the St. Paul F.D. website, Oldenburg was chief of the department in 2010. He is listed as an active member. But Chief Dyrland said "he's not coming around right now. He's got issues to worry about. It's a personal matter. He's not involved in he fire department now by his choice."

Hear from a neighbor who witnessed the crash tonight on News10NBC

According to the police report, Oldenburg was seen "staggering and hesitant while walking." As he was laying on a gurney, the police report says Oldenburg told police "he dropped his cell phone and was looking for it when he veered off the roadway."

Oldenburg is due to be in Irondequoit Town Court on April 7th. 

We went by Oldenburg's house today but no one came to the door when we knocked. 

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