Port Richey Fire Chief Arrested for DUI and Battery on LEO, Wife Charged with Obstruction, Tampering with Evidence
PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – For the fourth time in less than a month a local Fire Chief is facing criminal charges, after he allegedly drove under the influence and battered a police officer.
According to the New Port Richey Police Department, Retired Pasco County Fire Chief – now Port Richey Fire Chief, Timothy Fussell was arrested last night, after officers responded to 6736 Madison Ave in reference to a motorcycle crash.
While Fire Rescue were treating Fussell for his injuries, Fussell’s Wife, Suzanna interfered with her husband’s treatment and kept telling him not to speak to officers. Police already suspected that Fussell was under the influence when he crashed his motorcycle.Fussell was transported to a local hospital and soon after arriving, Suzanna entered the emergency room and began obstructing the investigation once again. Officials say Suzanna yelled at medical staff and even pulled an I.V. from her husband’s arm to prevent a blood draw. As a result of her actions she was arrested and charged with obstruction and tampering with evidence.
Timothy became enraged when his wife was arrested and proceeded to punch a Police Officer in the face.
Timothy was arrested for DUI and Battery on a LEO. Both were transported to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
We contacted the Port Richey Fire Department but they refused to comment on Chief Fussell’s arrest.
Last month, three former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Chiefs were arrested on Fraud related charges and are currently free on bond.
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