A former Lodi fire captain faces DUI and hit-and-run charges after he allegedly clipped a woman walking in a crosswalk with his truck.
Scott Thomas was arrested by Lodi police after they identified him as the driver of a green pickup truck that had clipped the woman in a crosswalk at Lower Sacramento Road and Tejon Drive, according to a police report.
The incident happened at 7:20 p.m. on July 24, according to the report.
His last day of employment with the fire department was Sept. 30. City officials declined to comment on why Thomas left the city.
His lawyer, Gregory Davenport, denied all allegations. Thomas himself was not available for comment Wednesday.
The arrest report states that the female pedestrian was uninjured after she was nudged on her lower thigh by the front bumper of Thomas's truck when he pulled up to a crosswalk as she was crossing Lower Sacramento Road.
The report adds that a witness followed Thomas, who headed south on Lower Sacramento Road to the 2600 block of Tejon Drive.
Police officers who responded to the call then contacted Thomas and identified him as the driver of the vehicle, the report states.
The report says the officers found Thomas under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for DUI.
Thomas was also charged with a hit-and-run and for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to the report.
He was booked into the Lodi jail, and later cited and released at approximately 11:55 p.m. that night, the report says.
Thomas was set to appear in court Wednesday morning, but his case was continued to Nov. 9.
Davenport said there are numerous witnesses to the event who either have been or will be interviewed.
Davenport added that Thomas has entered a plea of "not guilty" and that he denies all allegations.
Thomas began working for the Lodi Fire Department on Dec. 15, 1986, according to city spokesperson Jeff Hood.
Thomas was one of 15 fire captains in the city as of July 1, according to a roster of the department that was released by the city. The roster currently shows that there are 14 fire captains in the Lodi Fire Department.
The Lodi city attorney and the Lodi Fire Department could not comment on the incident.
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