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Deputy Chief Ian Swords, 40, had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit, blowing a .22 at the Hazlet Police Department, his arrest report says

Deputy Chief Ian Swords New York City Fire Department

A high-ranking official in New York’s fire department was busted on a drunken driving charge last weekend after “swerving all over the road” on his way home from a bar at the Jersey Shore, according to a police report.

Deputy Chief Ian Swords, 40, had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit, blowing a .22 at the Hazlet Police Department, according to an arrest report, obtained through a public record request.

Swords — current chief of EMS communications and former head of the FDNY’s counterterrorism division — has since been suspended without pay for 30 days, the fire departments press office confirmed Thursday. The incident was first reported by New York Daily News.

Police say Swords nearly caused multiple accidents while driving west on Route 36 in Hazlet on Saturday just before 4 p.m., spurring numerous 911 calls to authorities about his erratic driving.

When he was stopped in his Chevy Tahoe just before 4 p.m., Swords flashed his FDNY employee badge and “looked confused” when the officer told him the reason for the stop, the arrest report says.

The fire official, who was slurring his speech and staggered when asked to get out of the car, told police he’d only had two drinks at Donavan’s Reef earlier, according to the report.

Swords, who lives in Middlesex County, and his attorney could not be reached for comment. He faces charges of DWI, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

The deputy chief is listed as having an annual salary of $95,186, according to New York’s payroll records.

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