SPOKANE -- Stevens County Prosecutors have yet to make a decision whether to file charges against a Spokane firefighter suspected of DUI, but new details have emerged about the fight that ensued with troopers.
Spokane Fire Department Lieutenant Todd Chism was arrested on suspicion of DUI by Washington State Patrol troopers last week when they stopped alongside his stuck vehicle on Highway 291.
Investigators say around 2:30 a.m., a passerby called 911 to report the stuck truck, and Spokane County firefighters were the initial first responders to the scene.
Next to arrive on scene was WSP Trooper Greg Ridell, who investigators say told them he had no prior knowledge of Chism before that night.
Finally, investigators say Trooper Greg Birkeland arrived on scene. Witnesses told investigators Birkeland repeatedly asked Chism, "How do I know you?" Sources say they are looking into whether Birkeland's presence may have escalated the confrontation.
Investigators say Spokane County firefighters left the scene shortly after Birkeland's arrival. According to sources, firefighters passed again by the scene minutes after leaving and told investigators the confrontation between Chism, Ridell and Birkeland had just happened.
WSP officials say troopers suspected Chism of DUI, and attempted to give him a sobriety test, to which Chism became combative. WSP officials say Chism was tased multiple times, and both troopers received hand injuries.
Investigators believe Chism's injuries may be more severe than previously thought, to include injuries to his chest and legs, and not just facial cuts and bruises.
However, investigators also say they question the details of the conflict, and whether the injuries suffered by all three men are consistent with reports given to investigators.
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen refused to comment to KREM 2 News regarding the ongoing investigation, but did confirm his office is reviewing circumstances of what happened and is actively trying to uncover more information.
Rasmussen told KREM 2 News when they have enough information, a charging decision will be made.
Chism is currently suing the Washington State Patrol for $20 million over an investigation that wrongly accused him of buying child pornography in 2008. Chism's credit card was stolen, and WSP admitted no evidence was found on Chism's home computer.