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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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  • Disgraceful.

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 4:05 pm
  • For starters, it wouldn’t hurt for these two to skip the second helping of fried chicken.

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 8:17 am
    • It’s the pillsberry Dough Boy and his wife Piggy. ( she has no neck) lmbo. Put these two disgraceful things in jail and fire him. Glad he didn’t injure anyone, leo should have knocked his lights out, and taped her.

      Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:09 am

        Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:10 am
        • Tazed, her. Gotta love this sorry

          Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:11 am
  • Terminate this idiot now, we need leadership and this dude aint that person. They both go to prison, period

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 4:43 am
  • After meeting a few firefighters in a local bar hangout of theirs and reading about all of the criminal charges lately I am convinced that firefighters are a bunch of drunks who think they are above the law. If the law checked out Jerseys and a couple of other bars at closing time when they drive away, there would be a lot of firefighters arrested for DUI. They want respect, they better start earning it.

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 11:33 pm
  • ha ha these fire chiefs think they’re above the law well they are not in reality they are held to a higher standard and should behave as such but as usual it all goes to a lesser mans head and something like this happens here in hernando and now pasco

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 8:08 pm
  • they must be future politicians, pure dumb white trash

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 8:07 pm
  • Obviously wife knew he had a drinking problem. Wondering if he’s been stopped/arrested previously for dui. This might have been the point where he lost his license and livelihood if he had. I feel no sympathy for either one of them. He’s a DRUNK and she’s AN ENABLER. They BOTH need a lesson taught to them. MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT FOR BOTH.

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 7:37 pm
  • This is who you got out there today, A bunch of idiots that think there above the law. its like the wild wild west

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 7:34 pm
  • Too bad live pd didnt catch this

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 5:50 pm
  • My big question is will Port Richey City council terminate this loser now? I also am curious if the Brooksville City council terminated their incompetent fire chiefs after their arrests. Sure can’t trust them anymore!

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 5:34 pm
  • Good I’m glad they are being held responsible for their actions. As a 1st responder he should be more than aware of the hazards and ramifications of drinking and driving. Hope no one was injured d/t his lack of common sense..

    Monday, 16 October 2017, 5:23 pm

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