Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas, whose department has come under scrutiny following the drunken-driving arrests of a number of firefighters, alerted all fire department personnel Friday to a police DUI checkpoint scheduled for that night in the city, reports the Hartford Courant. The email contained an attachment of a police press release providing details of the checkpoint location under the subject “DUI Checkpoint,” followed by Huertas’ standard email sign-off of “respectfully submitted.”
The department has been embarrassed by a series of on- and off-duty alcohol-related incidents in the past 18 months. According to several department veterans, Huertas had never before alerted firefighters to a DUI checkpoint. He became interim chief in April 2013 and was appointed chief in January 2014. Huertas said he sent out the email in the “normal course of duties.” He said it was not related to the alcohol incidents.