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Feb 7, 2012 8:08 PM by Matt Stafford

Former CO fire chief begins sentence for criminal charges

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Former Hygiene Fire Chief Bill Nelson is ready to start serving his sentence on convictions of prohibited use of a weapon and driving under the influence.

The Daily Times-Call reports Nelson was booked at the Boulder County Jail on Monday to be fitted for a monitor to begin 20 days of home confinement. He had pleaded guilty to DUI, the weapons charge and a petty marijuana possession charge.

He was accused of using the volunteer firefighter emergency lights on his truck to stop another vehicle last year. A witness called 911.

Police said Nelson appeared intoxicated at the time, and they reported finding a gun and marijuana in his truck.

His sentence included two years of probation, 96 hours of community service and home detention.

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