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Austin medic suspended after DWI arrest


A medic with Austin-Travis County EMS has been suspended for 30 days following an arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Medic Charlie Rust agreed to the suspension, which was handed down on Thursday. Rust will miss 15 24-hour shifts over the next several weeks.

On July 8, deputies with the Williamson County sheriff’s office arrested Rust on a charge of driving while intoxicated. While detained, Rust submitted two breath samples that showed his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, the memo said.

Rust later told internal investigators at EMS that he made a mistake by drinking and driving, the memo said.

Rust has been placed on a one-year probation at EMS and he has been ordered to attend an alcohol abuse treatment program. His DWI case is still pending and a hearing is set for December.


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