2004-06-25 / Front Page

DWI Firefighter Loses Car, License

DWI Firefighter Loses Car, License

The local firefighter arrested on Beach 108 Street in Rockaway on drunk-driving charges last week had his car seized, and faced an automatic suspension of his license because he refused to take Breathalyzer and physical exams, according to law enforcement sources. Police said Gerard Ferrin, 47, who lives on Long Island and is assigned to Engine Company 266 on Beach 92 Street, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, alcohol on his breath and more than 20 cans of Bud Light beer in his car - more than half of them open - when they pulled him over for a broken brake light at 4:15 a.m. last Thursday morning. Ferrin, a decorated firefighter with nearly two decades of service, "stumbled" out of his 1987 Toyota Celica, police said.

Ferrin was taken to the 112 Precinct, the local NYPD Accident Investigation Squad headquarters, where he refused tests to determine his blood alcohol content. Under the Vehicle and Traffic Law, motorists who are placed under arrest on suspicion of DWI, and who refuse testing, are subject to an immediate driver license suspension and possible revocation, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown's office.

Ferrin's car was invoiced - all of its contents logged - for forfeiture.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti released Ferrin on his own recognizance several hours after his arrest.

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