City firefighter receives 2 years probation in DUI crash

Christopher Kyle Johnson is a 5-year veteran of the department

April 29, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City firefighter received probation before judgment Wednesday in a drunk-driving crash last year that left a woman and her son hospitalized.

Christopher Kyle Johnson, 30, was placed on two years of supervised probation for a traffic violation, while five counts of second-degree assault charges were dropped.

His attorney, Bruce Robinson, said Johnson had no previous arrests or offenses, and he did not have any points on his license.

"The judge was able to weigh the pros and the cons of this case," Robinson said, adding that Johnson had no previous record and that he had received numerous awards from the fire department for his service. He received a promotion in October.

Johnson, of Halethorpe, crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a family of five in the 3000 block of Frederick Road in April 2010, according to the accident report. Johnson's blood alcohol level following the crash level was .16, double the.08 threshold to be considered under the influence, the report said.

Roman Clark, a fire department spokesman, said Johnson had been on administrative duty and was suspended from shift work between August 21 and Dec. 17.

Johnson is a five-year veteran of the department.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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