AFD firefighter suspended for 60 days after DWI arrest

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An Austin firefighter who was arrested and charged with a DWI has been suspended for 60 days, according to a disciplinary memo. 

Matt Harvey, who has been with the Austin Fire Department since November of 2012, was stopped by an Austin police officer on Nov. 14, 2017 for going 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.  According to the memo, Harvey refused to provide a blood sample and failed the field sobriety tests. 

Harvey was not on-duty at the time of the alleged DWI. However, the department’s code of conduct says all members “shall obey all laws.” 

Along with the two-month suspension, Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is requiring Harvey to go through an evaluation to determine if he has a drinking problem. He must also agree to random alcohol testing as ordered by the chief for a period of one year. He will also be placed on probation for one year. 

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