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Tampa fire captain charged with DUI

TAMPA — A Tampa Fire Rescue captain was charged with driving under the influence early Wednesday.

At about 1:30 a.m., Temple Terrace police noticed a car speeding at 72 mph on Fowler Avenue and swerving between lanes. An officer pulled the car over and conducted a field sobriety test on Capt. Charles Francis Eliason, police reported.

Eliason, 40, was arrested and booked into the Orient Road Jail. He was released after posting $500 bail.

The captain has worked for the department for 15 years. He works out of station 13 in north Tampa and oversees four employees, said fire rescue spokesman Bill Wade.

He took personal leave Wednesday. When he returns, he'll most likely receive a written letter of reprimand and be sent to the employee assistance program, Wade said.

"Capt. Eliason is a good captain and a good paramedic," Wade said. "The department is shocked and disappointed."

Tampa fire captain charged with DUI 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:48pm]

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