El Dorado County Fire Chief Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

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Garden Valley Fire Chief William Dekker, 60. (Photo Courtesy: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)


An El Dorado County fire chief was arrested Dec. 18 for driving under the influence, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Garden Valley Fire Department Chief William Dekker, 60, was flagged down by sheriff’s deputies after a person called reporting his neighbor “threatened to shoot him during a dispute over a loose dog.” After deputies pulled Dekker over, they suspected he had been drinking and conducted several field sobriety tests.

Dekker was arrested for suspicion of a DUI and booked into the El Dorado County Jail, but was later released on $5,000 bond.

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