Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman arrested on DUII charge

Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman arrested on DUII charge
Rich Chatman

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman was arrested on a DUII charge late Saturday night.

Rich Chatman made an illegal turn at Northwest 16th Avenue and Glisan Street and was pulled over by Portland police, according to a statement from Portland Fire & Rescue. Chatman was off duty.

The officer noticed Chatman appeared to be impaired and took him into custody. Chatman was released from the Multnomah County Jail on Sunday.

“I'm saddened by this incident and know Lt. Chatman feels tremendous remorse for allowing himself to become impaired and fail to exercise good judgment,” said Chief Erin Janssens. “I'm very relieved no one was injured; we remind everyone of the importance to not drink and drive. If you are going to be drinking, please do so responsibly, and always designate a driver, use public transportation or taxi service.”

Chatman will be reassigned pending an internal review and the outcome of the case.

Chatman has been Portland Fire & Rescue’s spokesman since January of 2013.