Detroit deputy fire chief suspended for driving department SUV to Dearborn bar

Video shows city-issued SUV in parking lot of Dearborn bar

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter, Derick Hutchinson

DEARBORN, Mich. - A Detroit deputy chief has been disciplined after video surfaced of his city-issued SUV parked in the parking lot of a bar.

The Detroit Fire Department said it was Deputy Chief Robert Shinske who is seen on video parking the DFD-marked SUV outside a Dearborn bar and walking inside.

Detroit Deputy Fire Chief Robert Shinske (WDIV)

Shinske has been suspended without pay for five days, sources told Local 4. Some people were expected him to get fired.

A closed disciplinary hearing was held Wednesday and ended with the suspension for Shinske. The department confirmed Shinski violated policy in the video.

Shinske parked the SUV outside a Dearborn bar just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He appeared to stagger as he got out of the vehicle.

A source in the Detroit Fire Department said Shinske is a 31-year member of the force and has been warned several times in the past for this type of unauthorized use of his city-owned SUV.

The warnings go back about a year and a half, sources said.

Video shows Robert Shinske parking a Detroit Fire Department SUV at a bar in Dearborn and walking inside. (WDIV)

Local 4 tried to ask Shinski about his actions following Wednesday's hearing.

"You ought to be ashamed of yourself," Shinski said when asked for comment at his home about the incident.

When the hearing ended, the Firefighter's Union issued a statement that read, "The Union fully anticipated today's charge hearing would either involve a discharge or a demotion. The Union was informed at the charge hearing that Commissioner (Eric) Jones issued a brief suspension."

Jones wasn't at the meeting, and has not yet responded to phone calls to his office. Shinske didn't respond to phone calls, either.

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