SAN ANTONIO --
A San Antonio firefighter is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash on Highway 281 near Bitters Road that nearly caused serious injuries for two San Antonio police officers.
According to a preliminary police report, two rookie officers were working in the southbound lanes of the highway just before 10 p.m. Monday when a pickup truck slammed into both of their patrol cars.
The officers, Brianne Martin, 31, and Joshua Stoevel, 24, were both outside their vehicles and had positioned the cars in a way designed to keep traffic away from a dog house that was blocking the inside lane, police said in a report. They both had to jump over the highway median to avoid being hit, the report said. Martin reportedly suffered a sprained ankle.
Police identified the driver of the pickup as Steven Boldway Jr., 23. The San Antonio Fire Department confirmed in a written statement that he is a 2 1/2-year veteran firefighter.
"On Monday night, an off-duty firefighter was involved in an accident with two SAPD patrol cars," the statement said. "While we are grateful serious injuries were avoided, this case will be investigated thoroughly."
Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Sparks added that Boldway is assigned to Fire Station 17 on the city's North side. He is the son of Fire Capt. Steven Boldway Sr.
Sparks said the Fire Department would not be making any additional public statements on the issue.
A Police Department spokesman, however, did comment on what is the second suspected drunken driving incident this week involving someone in uniform. On Sunday, Park police Officer Scott Little, 25, was arrested on suspicion of DWI after, police said, he ran a stop sign at Loop 1604 and Lockhill-Selma.
"As you can see, regardless of where you work, you will be arrested if you're caught drinking while driving," said Sgt. Chris Benavides, with the San Antonio Police Department.
Both incidents come on the heels of several others lately involving suspected drunken drivers and police. Several officers have been injured in crashes, and one, Stephanie Brown, was killed.
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