Firefighter arrested for DUI in fire truck crash 

A veteran San Francisco firefighter was arrested on suspicion of driving a fire truck while under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident following a collision with a motorcyclist in the South of Market district last weekend.

The fire truck that was being driven by 43-year-old Michael Quinn of San Francisco had its lights and sirens activated as it responded to an emergency call about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The truck struck the motorcyclist near Fifth and Howard streets, according to police and fire officials.

The motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Quinn was subsequently arrested on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a traffic collision, police said.

Further details were not released Monday. The District Attorney's Office will likely review the case Tuesday, a spokesman said.

"We're in the process of doing an internal investigation," Talmadge said.

Quinn has been taken off-duty during the investigation.

The firefighter has been with SFFD for more than 20 years, Talmadge said. To her knowledge, Quinn had a spotless record before the arrest.

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