Former SF firefighter back in court to face felony drunken driving charges

A former San Francisco firefighter accused of felony drunken driving charges is scheduled to be in court today for arraignment, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Quinn, 43, is accused of being under the influence of alcohol while he was behind the wheel of a fire truck that was involved in an accident with a motorcycle last year.

The June 28 accident occurred about 11:30 p.m. and the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries.

Quinn was arrested at the time of the incident on suspicion of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He was released shortly afterward and prosecutors did not move forward with a case at the time pending further investigation.

Earlier this month, Quinn was indicted by a grand jury on three felony charges related to the accident that include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher causing injury, and driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .04 or higher causing injury, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Quinn surrendered to authorities March 31 and his bail was set at $100,000. He is currently not in custody.

He will be in court this morning at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Justice, Dept. 22.

Man accused of chucking M-80 at ballpark to appear in court

Paolo Pavone, the 21-year-old San Bruno man accused of setting off a firework in AT&T Park on Wednesday during a game between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, will be back in court on Friday, prosecutors said.

Pavone pleaded not guilty on Friday to two felony charges and one misdemeanor in connection with the incident, Bastian said.

Pavone is alleged to have set off an M-80-type firework in a highly populated area of the park near a Coors Light bar in Section 142. Police said at least five people complained of injury from the explosion and were treated at the scene.

Pavone faces felony charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place and possession of an incendiary device, as well as a misdemeanor count of discharging a dangerous firework, Bastian said.

Pavone is scheduled to return to court Friday to set a preliminary hearing date.Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsMichael QuinnPaolo PavoneSan Francisco District Attorney's Office

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