Nederland firefighter accused of hitting Beaumont PD squad unit before DWI arrest

Andrew Livingston, a Nederland firefighter, was arrested July 22 on a driving while intoxicated charge. (Photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

A Nederland firefighter is still employed with the city almost three weeks after Beaumont Police arrested him on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Andrew Livingston is also accused of crashing into a Beaumont Police unit in the incident.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on July 22, police say Livingston was driving his Ford F-150 pickup recklessly east on College Street.

An officer followed the pickup and says he was about to activate his lights to stop Livingston.

That's when the policeman says Livingston almost ran through a red light at College and Lindbergh.

The officer says Livingston then slammed on his brakes, threw the pickup in reverse and backed right into the patrol unit.

No one was hurt.

But police arrested Livingston, 36, on a DWI charge.

His older brother, Edward Livingston, was also in the pickup and arrested for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both are now out of jail.

Police tell us the brothers said they left Thirsty's, a bar in Beaumont's West End.

We checked with Andrew Livingston's boss, Nederland Chief Gary Collins about Livingston's job status.

"He's still employed by us," Collins said. "It's a personnel issue. We don't discuss personnel issues."

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office says it should get the case soon.

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