Firefighter With his Child in Car Arrested For DUI

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Memphis Firefighter Arrested for DUI After 3-Car Wreck

Contributor: Shane Myers
Last Update: 7/19 6:33 pm
David L. Gann

MEMPHIS, TN – Memphis police say a Memphis firefighter was arrested for DUI after he was involved in a three-car wreck.

According to a police affidavit, a person called 911 and reported a Honda Odyssey, with firefighter tags, that was being driven recklessly and at high speed. Police say the person stayed on the phone with authorities, giving officers the location of the car. Officers were unable to catch up to the vehicle and the person hung up before the car was stopped, according to the police document.

Memphis police state in the document, officers were responding to a three-car crash when they recognized the Honda Odyssey, with the same firefighter license plate, that was reported earlier. Police say while talking with the driver of the Odyssey, David Gann, officers notices a slight smell of alcohol on his breath. Gann, officers say, put a full can of tobacco in his mouth in “an apparent effort to disguise the smell of alcohol.” Gann submitted to a field sobriety test and preformed poorly, according to police. Officers say Gann refused a blood alcohol test.

Witnesses at the crash scene told officers Gann was driving fast and recklessly.

When police searched Gann’s car, they found an open container of Budweiser behind the driver’s seat, a .32 caliber pistol under the driver’s seat and a fully loaded .40 caliber gun clip in the glove compartment. Officers did not find the .40 caliber gun. Police say Gann’s gun permit had expired in April of 2010.

Gann told officers, according to the document, that he had taken Xanax for depression and he also took Lexapro for anxiety that morning. Police say he had a prescription for the medication.

Police also stated in the document, Gann’s license plate was expired and he could not provide proof of insurance.

Gann was charged with Possession of a Handgun While Under the Influence, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Driving Under the Influence, violating the Open Container law, Violation of Vehicle Registration Law and not being able to produce proof of Financial Responsibility.

This isn’t the first time Gann was arrested for DUI. In May of 2010, Gann was arrested and charged with DUI/Child Endangerment, Public Intoxication, Alcohol involved Reckless Driving and Violation of Vehicle Registration Law.

According to a police affidavit, a person called officers about a person who was driving a mini-van 70 mph in a 45 mph zone in the area of Riverdale and East Raines Road. The person said that the driver swerved in to the median and then swerved back on the road, almost hitting his car.

Police say officers later saw the mini-van at a traffic light at Riverdale and Winchester Road and conducted a traffic stop. The officers stated in the document, while talking to Gann, they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and he submitted to a breathalyzer test which revealed a blood alcohol of .137. The legal blood alcohol limit in Tennessee is .08.

Gann’s 5-year-old daughter was in the mini-van during the incident, according to police.

According to the Memphis Fire Department, Gann has been a firefighter/paramedic for 12 years.