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Fire Chief Charged With OUI 

Police say 34-year-old Russell Banks of Burlington was arrested early Saturday morning.

He’s the Chief of the Triangle Fire Department, which serves the towns of Lowell, Burlington and Grand Falls.

A resident on the East Old Main Road in Lowell called police when he saw a fire truck race by his house with its lights and sirens on.

After learning that there were no fires in the area, the resident asked for a deputy to investigate.

When the officer arrived, he located the fire truck, and questioned Banks, who was at the wheel.

Banks was summonsed for operating under the influence and will appear in court in the next few months.

Police say this is his first offense but Maine law allows for jail time to be imposed when a driver’s blood alcohol level is above point one five which Banks’ was, according to police.

Officials from the three towns served by Triangle Fire have been made aware of Banks’ arrest.

Lowell First Selectman Ivan Wakefield tells TV5 residents shouldn’t worry about their fire coverage.

Wakefield also says he believes the department will appoint an interim fire chief until Banks has his day in court.

Police say 34-year-old Russell Banks of Burlington was arrested early Saturday morning.

He’s the Chief of the Triangle Fire Department, which serves the towns of Lowell, Burlington and Grand Falls.

A resident on the East Old Main Road in Lowell called police when he saw a fire truck race by his house with its lights and sirens on.

After learning that there were no fires in the area, the resident asked for a deputy to investigate.

When the officer arrived, he located the fire truck, and questioned Banks, who was at the wheel.

Banks was summonsed for operating under the influence and will appear in court in the next few months.

Police say this is his first offense but Maine law allows for jail time to be imposed when a driver’s blood alcohol level is above point one five which Banks’ was, according to police.

Officials from the three towns served by Triangle Fire have been made aware of Banks’ arrest.

Lowell First Selectman Ivan Wakefield tells TV5 residents shouldn’t worry about their fire coverage.

Wakefield also says he believes the department will appoint an interim fire chief until Banks has his day in court.