BR fire union head booked in DWI cases

The head of the Baton Rouge fire union is facing two DWI counts, one from 2009 and another from March.

Shane Spillman, president of the Baton Rouge Association of Firefighters Local 557, was arrested March 1 on a second DWI count and was re-arrested Tuesday afternoon at his St. Amant home on a bench warrant stemming from a 2009 driving while intoxicated arrest.

The matter began with a 2011 court date on the 2009 case that Spillman failed to attend, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s.

On March 1, State Police arrested Spillman on La. 621 at 11:10 p.m., booking him on counts of second-offense DWI and improper lane usage, State Police spokesman Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.

When Spillman bonded out of jail the next day, Ascension Parish Jail officials failed to notice the 2011 bench warrant, Bacala said.

Realizing their mistake, deputies went to Spillman’s home Tuesday afternoon and re-arrested him, Bacala said.

Spillman was released from the Ascension Parish Jail at about 8 p.m. Tuesday after paying a $100 fee to reschedule the court appearance he failed to appear at in 2011, Bacala said.

Baton Rouge Fire Chief Ed Smith said he could not comment on Spillman’s arrest because it is a personnel matter and he also could not comment on possible discipline because their investigation is not completed.

Smith said Spillman is a captain in the department, but would not say which fire house he works at.