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DC firefighter arrested for driving under influence, says he lost gun, police say

Huskins told police he had consumed only two ounces of wine several hours prior.
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WASHINGTON -- A D.C. firefighter is on administrative leave after being charged with a DUI.

Michael Huskins was arrested on November 3 after police responded to a call about an accident involving a motorcycle on I695 Bridge on Interstate 695 in D.C. at around 10 p.m.

When an officer arrived, they found Huskins stumbling around and claiming he was looking for his gun, the police report says. When an officer asked about the gun, Huskins gave him a firearm registration certificate as well as a concealed firearm license.

At the same time, the police report says, another officer arrived and said Huskins was a suspect in an accident on Newcomb Street, Southeast that he then left the scene of.

The police report says the officers observed the smell of alcohol on Huskins’s breath, as well as his bloodshot eyes. When they asked him how he was feeling, he replied with, “I feel great.”

Huskins told police he had consumed only two ounces of wine several hours prior.

Police were unable to test Huskins for intoxication as they were on a highway, and Huskins refused a test back at the police station. Huskins then went to a medical center, complaining of pain, but refused medical treatment.

Officers were able to locate a holster and one round Glock 43 magazine with seven rounds of ammunition from Huskins’s person, but not the gun.

Huskins has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving after colliding and operating a vehicle while impaired.

DC Fire and EMS released the following statement:

The DC Fire and EMS Department is aware of the charges filed against firefighter Michael Huskins in Washington D.C. Firefighter joined the Department in 2005 and is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings in this case.