Former Lindale firefighter pleads guilty to 2011 DWI

Former Lindale firefighter pleads guilty to 2011 DWI

POSTED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:54pm

A former Lindale firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated back in November 2011.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Christopher Michael Combs was ordered by Judge Thomas A. Dunn to serve 180 days in the Smith County Jail and fined $200.

On November 27, 2011, Christopher Michael Combs, 27, was accused of crashing into a Tyler gas station drunk. According to jail records, his blood alcohol content was higher than .15.

Tyler Police say the incident happened shortly after 2:30 a.m., at the Exxon station on the 1200 block of W. Gentry

Combs had previously stated he fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the roadway, hitting several gas pumps and causing major damage to the business.

Tyler Fire Department Haz-Mat responded to the scene to control gas leakage in the parking lot. There was no report of any fire that occurred from the crash.

Combs was taken to a local hospital following the wreck.

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I guess that after the 180 days, they'll put him back in a fire truck.

He's actually an excellent firefighter regardless of what mistake he may have made there, I would have gone into a house fire with him any day and never worried about him having my back.

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