WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A battalion chief with the Wilmington Fire Department resigned Friday after an incident during the train derailment at the Love Grove Community.
According to officials, Jimmy Casteen was on duty at the train derailment at the Love Grove Community.
According to City spokesperson Malissa Talbert, WFD Deputy Chief Steve Mason was advised Friday morning when he arrived to the train derailment that Casteen was under "a reasonable suspicion of alcohol."
Mason took Casteen to the Medac facility on Oleander Drive for a breathalyzer test.
At that point, the City of Wilmington began an internal investigation, but Casteen resigned Friday before the investigation was complete, according Talbert. No charges have been filed.
"It is unfortunate that the events surrounding Battalion Chief Casteen, while handled swiftly and in strict accordance with city policy, has taken the focus off of what was a very professionally managed emergency," said Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette. "That said, the confidence the public places in our personnel to respond and mitigate these types of incidents can never be compromised. While this was a regrettable situation, I am very proud of how our personnel handled both aspects of this incident."
Casteen was charged with a DWI in December 2012. At that time he was placed on unpaid leave, pending the outcome of the case. He appeared in court in April where his case was continued to July 29, 2013.
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