A Brookline firefighter has been placed on administrative leave after he was reportedly caught racing down Route 9 while drunk on Sunday morning.
Dean Inchierca, a 28-year-old Brookline firefighter who has been with the department for six years, has been charged with operating to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, racing and speeding up 90 mph in a 35-mph zone. He appeared in court on Nov. 22 and was released on personal recognizance.
Fire chief Peter Skerry said Inchierca has been placed on paid leave while the department conducts an investigation. He had been working out of in Coolidge Corner.
Inchierca was stopped near Route 9 and Warren Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, after a police officer spotted him speeding in a Cadillac Escalade SUV at 80 to 90 mph down a stretch of Route 9 with a speed limit of 35 mph, according to a police report on file at .
Inchierca initially failed to stop for the officer, who was only able to catch up with him once Inchierca slowed to make a left turn, according to police. The officer wrote in an arrest report that he "immediately recognized" Inchierca and that the car was "smoking of the odors of an engine that had been driven at a high rate of speed" when he approached.
Inchierca denied that he had been drinking, but officers reported that he had glassy eyes and a "moderate odor of alcohol" after his arrest. He reportedly failed a field sobriety test as well.
A passenger in the car reportedly told police Inchierca was being "cocky" and may have been driving as fast as 100 mph.
Inchierca refused to take an alcohol breath test and his driver's license was suspeneded. He is due back in court on Jan. 3.