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SAFD firefighter arrested on drunken driving charge in Bandera

Lt. Lee Stanphill accused of driving city vehicle while under influence

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SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio Fire Department lieutenant has been suspended after he was accused of driving a city vehicle under the influence, authorities said.

The department said it is aware of the arrest of SAFD Lt. Lee Stanphill that happened Oct 30 in Bandera.

Stanphill was removed from his duties following the arrest, according to SAFD officials.

"The SAFD is taking all aspects of the case into consideration and is cooperating fully with the Bandera City Marshal's Office," the department said in a statement to KSAT 12 News. "The SAFD is also conducting its own internal investigation and will take the necessary, appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation."

SAFD said it is aware of Stanphill's prior arrests and he was subsequently suspended as authorized by state statute and the current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the San Antonio Professional Firefighters' Association.

"Following Lt. Stanphill's arrest in 2012, a restriction was put in place barring him from driving a city of San Antonio vehicle to and from home," SAFD officials said. "Therefore, Lt. Stanphill was in violation of this restriction when he was arrested on Oct. 30."

The department said it is also a violation of SAFD's rules and regulations to consume alcohol while in uniform, and while or prior to operating a city of San Antonio vehicle.

Stanphill joined SAFD on March 11, 1996, and was most recently assigned to the department's Technical Services Division.