A Mobile Fire-Rescue Department deputy chief was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Sunday morning.
Mark Hansberry, 50, was arrested and charged with DUI, after officers with the Mobile Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident in which Hansberry was involved at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and McRae Avenue, according to an incident report and MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.
There were no injuries, Rains wrote in an email.
Hansberry was booked into Mobile Metro Jail at 3:41 a.m., according to jail records. He was released just after 8 a.m. According to jail records, Hansberry also faced a DUI charge in 1999.
Hansberry is a 26-year veteran of the MFRD. He has been a deputy chief of the department for nine years and is currently in charge of the Emergency Medical Services division.
MFRD spokesman Steve Huffman said Hansberry is currently on personal leave from the department, although it’s unclear if it’s related to the incident. In an email message Monday afternoon, Huffman said Hansberry “took a week’s vacation.”
Rich Landolt, executive director of Public Safety, said discipline of Hansberry wouldn’t be discussed until after his court date on Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. because he’s allowed “due process.”
Landolt said Hansberry wasn’t among the recent candidates for fire chief and he didn’t seek out the position.
On the issue of a new chief, Landolt said the department would stand pat for now, leaving Billy Pappas in charge. Landolt said Mayor Sandy Stimpson was happy with the way the department was running at the current time.
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