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Firefighters facing charges after DUI crash while responding to scene

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Two volunteer firefighters are facing DUI charges after one of them crashed while responding to a scene.

The incident was reported on November 27th around 2:30 a.m. in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Police say Kenneth Aaron Caulder Jr. and Melquan Lamont Williams were driving to a fire in their personal vehicles, when Caulder Jr. veered off the side of a road and hit a ditch. The incident caused his jeep to flip and he was injured in the incident.

Williams told authorities that he witnessed the accident and pulled over to help Caulder.

During the incident, authorities then found that Williams’ blood alcohol level was over the legal limit for being behind the wheel.

Caluder refused to have his blood alcohol level tested but was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his injures.

Officials say Caulder works for the Orrum Township Volunteer Fire Department where he is an assistant fire chief.

He has been suspended from his role as the investigation into the crash continues.

Williams was on duty with the Fairmont Rural Fire Department where he was also suspended:

“Williams was suspended by the County Fire Department Board of Directors but was overruled by a two-thirds majority of board members,” three of which later resigned, WBTW reported.

Williams was poised to become fire chief in January, according to reports.