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A Detroit fire chief lost a promotion this week when it was discovered he did not have a valid driver's license due to multiple drunk-driving convictions.

Andre Johnson was promoted from battalion chief to senior chief last week, according to ABC 7 News. The position requires Johnson to drive, but he hasn't had a valid driver's license since 2010, due to a long history of DUI offenses. His license was restricted after his first DUI arrest in 2002. Just a year later his license was revoked when he was again pulled over for drunk driving. He successfully appealed to get his license back in 2005, only to lose it again in 2009 when he caused an accident and injured another person while under the influence. Johnson won't have the chance to regain his license until next year.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson told ABC 7 the fire department doesn't regularly check the driving records of its employees. Johnson admitted his driving record after the story broke. He must forfeit his promotion and may face further censure pending an investigation.


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      1peoria1
      • 11 Months Ago
      How lazy a society have we become that basic things like making sure out bus drivers/amt-emt/fire/police can drive and we sit back and don't look at their driving records! We are all human folks. It's not as though everyone is some saint behind the wheel!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Unfortunatley this is typical Detroit. The head of Homicide was just sentenced to prison for corruption also. IOf you blame anyone blame the citizens of Detroit, thay accept and expect things like this.
      ILeftchgo4az
      • 11 Months Ago
      SO IF YOUR FREINDS MOM MAKES THAT MUCH MONEY WHY ARENT YOU?
      DJgueroprimero
      • 11 Months Ago
      oh well, I was ready to come in and jump to his defense since I do believe that People change. Whether it's a revelation while drowning and a promise not to beat the dog anymore, pay their taxes and go to church or just a simple "I'm going to try and be a better person". AND, you know maybe that happened, BUT scary when we read of a 22 year old mother that's now being charged with killing 6 people while drunk and driving 100 mph the wrong way. YEP, certainly something to consider so Sorry Sir, good move in stepping down. At leasty you're not like the ******* politicians caught red handed in their dirty deeds who say "oh hell no, I'm above the law" and not about to admit I did anything wrong. Here's hoping that you learned your lesson.
      • 11 Months Ago
      you have a situation that because he is black is why he got the promotion its just the way things work now, and we are suppose to overlook any discretions he may have because he is black. so its a race issue right off the bat..im sure I am going to get blasted for telling the truth but that is the way it is anymore. White people are made to feel ashamed to be white and that is in part to Obama he wants the tensions between the races, the more the focus is on that the less it is on his "I can do what I want" take on his actions. Since the day he "took" office he has started stirring the pot to of racial conflict. Every time he puts the focus on an issue and we all get focused on that - he is over behind the curtain breaking all the rules. He's stirring up the pot of white on black crime while he by-passes congress to change rules. But when black mobs attack white service men or blacks start a new fad of "knock out game" where is his bull horn then??.. when it doesn't work to give him the spotlight or it cant be used to distract us from his illegal actions its ignored. It scares me to see what he is going to distract us so he can allow illegals automatically become citizens and vote for him and all of his puppets. He's stupid if he thinks he is expendable. I will stand up for any person that needs to be a citizen, BUT take the right steps, I am so sick of the "no one is a natural citizen but Indians" maybe so but 99.9% of everyone's ancestor's became citizens the way the constitution and the law told us to. AND those people loved the USA and RESPECTED the USA and wanted to improve it promote the USA. DIFFERENCE now is??? they want to come here illegally, not work, get on disability, take free housing, free cell phone free texts and calls food stamps, free medical, free lawyers when they brake the law. Ban Christians from observing their religious holiday.they bring diseases because they didn't get vaccinated. they come here and want us to take care of them - they burn our flag, burn our bibles and threaten to kill Americans, and tell us they "deserve" to be made citizens?? all they "deserve" is to be deported, and not be allowed to take anything with them but a cheap jumpsuit and flip flops! everything else- TV's cell phones, cars, any assets they have, auctions them off to the highest bidder and give that money to the counties or states that gave them all there freebies. Do you think for 1 minute that any other country is going to treat one of us like that? most would just as much shot you as then look at you. If we don't stop the course of this country soon we are going to be like the Jews in concentration camps with nothing, while Hitler lives off of our hard work and misery. Think I'm full of it? he is already trying to take our guns, our God given right that our forefathers made sure we had so as NEVER to have to fear our government again! and look our government is trying to take us over once again. And there so stupid they'll allow it.
        • 11 Months Ago
        Do you have some particular knowledge of this case to share which would illuminate how he rose to the position because of his race? If not, it's far past time to stop the race-baiting and take things at face value. In the end, it was found that he did not meet the minimum qualifications for the position, and therefore he was removed from it. It seems to be really that simple here...
        BARRY AND KATHY
        • 11 Months Ago
        Make sure you keep the taxes paid on your trailer because they may take it and you would have to move into the woods with your other white supremicist buddies. Take my advice and enroll in high school and try to get an education.
      • 11 Months Ago
      you watch this will be made a race issue not what it is.. that's the way society has turned into. if they do something wrong they get a "get out of jail free card" because they are black and are being wronged. had it been a white man people would be more outraged for the crime he committed not anything more. this country is going to hell in a hand basket!
      laugh
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lost his promotion?? How does he even have a job?
      • 11 Months Ago
      Isn't there a question on any exams or application, declaring to the fact that you have a valid drivers license? If so, he perjured himself as well. IF SO FIRE HIS ASS
        • 11 Months Ago
        You are 100% correct.
        • 11 Months Ago
        You are 100% correct.
        Paul Castle
        • 11 Months Ago
        I hope you never do something wrong, OH but I am sure you have. Be careful what you wish on others for it may be returned to you two fold.
      cenvalref
      • 11 Months Ago
      How was this chief able to keep all those DUI a secret while being a Battalion Chief
      jonclong
      • 11 Months Ago
      Unfortunately, whatever the reason for his ability to keep going within the system, it has a negative impact on firefighters everywhere (not just in Detroit). Shame!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Does the crap with Detoilet ever end?
      Josey
      • 11 Months Ago
      OK, so he lost his DL. So what?? He got it back, didn't he. Now, to all you nay-sayers, who among us hasn't done something that would get our DL suspended, or worse, but we simply didn't get caught. To deprive the DFD of this man's leadership capibilities and experience is wrong. He made a mistake and has paid for it. Leave him alone. By the way, just in case, I'm a Southerner and White.
        m_2012
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Josey
        He DOES NOT CURRENTLY have a drivers license, which the position requires. Simple.
        BARRY AND KATHY
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Josey
        That would be me. I follow the laws, don't drink and damn sure wouldn't drive if I did. I don't pass on a yellow or speed simply because I don't think the laws apply to me. I also ALWAYS wear my seat belt. There are many like me and your question leads me to think you're one of those who think any law you can get away with violating is a bad law.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Josey
        He hasn't had a DL since 2010, and won't be eligible to apply to get it back until next year.
        tvols97
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Josey
        No!....... Read the article....he got them back and lost them two more times....He does NOT have a driver's license.
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