Prosecutors discharge DUI case against SF firefighter pending further review 

Prosecutors are holding off on charging a San Francisco firefighter who was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving a ladder truck while under the influence, colliding with a motorcyclist and then leaving the crash scene.

The Saturday night collision that seriously injured the motorcyclist in the South of Market district is deserving of further investigation, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Wednesday. The motorcyclist is expected to survive.

Veteran firefighter Michael Quinn, 43, who reportedly has a spotless record and two merit awards, was arrested sometime after the 11:30 p.m. crash at Fifth and Howard streets. The ladder truck reportedly had its lights and sirens activated as it responded to an emergency call. After the crash, Quinn allegedly left the scene for a time. Investigators haven't released any more details about what occurred that night.

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

"At this point, the case is discharged pending further investigation," Bastian said Wednesday. "We are in communication with the San Francisco Police Department."

Quinn has been with the Fire Department for more than 20 years, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. He worked out of Station 1 at 935 Folsom St. and was placed on leave without pay.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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