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Sunday, March 18, 2012

LBFD: Former fire captain sentenced to four years in state prison

Fire captain convicted of DUI made alcohol in jail

LONG BEACH, Calif.—A former Long Beach fire captain convicted of drunk driving has been sentenced to four years in state prison for violating his probation terms by making alcohol in jail.

John Hines was ordered to serve the sentence Friday.

Hines was convicted last year to driving drunk when he hit a bicyclist and left the man critically injured.
As part of a plea deal, he was allowed to serve probation and a year in jail where he worked as a janitor.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/FPGttZ) that Hines filtered hand sanitizer at the Huntington Beach jail and drank the ethanol it produced.
Police Capt. Russel Reinhart told the newspaper Hines used salt to filter toxins out of the cleaning solution before drinking it.

Info Source: CoCo Times - Link California Fire News 2012 
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