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Booking photos of former Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Kirk Stubblefield from January of 2012 and May of 2016, just before Stubblefield retired from the department. (Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas Co. Sheriff’s Office) Booking photos of former Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Kirk Stubblefield from January of 2012 and May of 2016, just before Stubblefield retired from the department. (Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas Co. Sheriff’s Office)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Another Portland firefighter has been arrested for repeatedly driving drunk, despite department leaders saying a new policy would prevent such behavior.

Lt. Kirk Stubblefield was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving May 28 in West Linn, his second arrest in five years on drunk driving charges.

A little over a week after the arrest, the lieutenant retired.

Stubblefield did not face consequences, despite the fact that former Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens told FOX 12 over a year ago she would implement a policy for repeat offenders.

FOX 12 was investigating the case of a fire captain who had been arrested three times for driving under the influence. At the time, Janssens said that she could only issue a serious demotion, but that the department was developing a “Two Strikes and You’re Out” policy that could lead to a termination for multiple DUII convictions.

"We need to have a policy and we need to make it very clear what the consequences will be," she said in 2015.

Janssens retired in April, though, and Ken Burns was named interim chief. Mike Myers, who worked in the Las Vegas fire department for 26 years including time as the chief, takes over the department on June 30.

In the meantime, though, Fox 12 has learned that Portland Fire & Rescue still has no policy to deal with firefighters who repeatedly drive drunk.

A spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue said the department is working with the union to come up with a policy, but that these things take time.

In the meantime, the West Linn Officer who arrested Stubblefield said the firefighter almost hit him with his car that day, when he attempted a turn after coming across the Oregon City Bridge and ended up on a sidewalk.

“It was a close call,” Officer Jim Abeles said. “From the moment I got to his window I knew he had too much to drink.”

Abeles noted that Stubblefield refused to take a field sobriety test, so the officer took him to the Clackamas County jail, only later finding out he was a firefighter.

For Abeles, who is among the top officers in the state in terms of DUII arrests, people employed by local governments should have more expected of them in terms of following the law.

“Well, we should be held to a higher standard,” he said. “We are public servants.”

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