The fire chief of Westmont was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday after he was cited for drunken driving the day before, authorities said.
Frank Trout hit a parked car in the 3900 block of Adams Street in DuPage County on a border of Westmont on Dec. 30 at 6:15 p.m., Dawn Domrose of the DuPage County Sherriff’s Department said Wednesday.
Domrose said Trout was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Domrose said Trout was taken into custody but was released after paying a $100 bail about 11 p.m. that evening.
Trout was off duty at the time, according to the village.
Deputy Chief Dave Weiss has been appointed acting fire chief.
“While Chief Trout is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, these allegations are deeply troubling to the village’s administration and we take this matter very seriously,” according to a statement from the village.
“The village has initiated its own investigation into Chief Trout’s actions to determine what, if any, consequences are warranted. These allegations do not reflect on the daily action and hard work of Village of Westmont employees including the Westmont Fire Department.”
Trout could not be reached for comment.