Portland Fire & Rescue spokesperson arrested for DUII

Richard Chatman was released on his recognizance

Richard Chatman, August 3, 2014. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Richard Chatman, August 3, 2014. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The spokesperson for Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) was arrested for driving drunk late Saturday night.

Richard Chatman, 37, was taken into custody at 11:41 p.m. and booked at 1:16 a.m. Sunday morning for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Booking information at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Office showed Chatman was released on his own recognizance.

PF&R issued the following statement in regard to Chatman’s arrest:

Today (Sunday, August 3) PF&R learned that Lt. Richard Chatman was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants. Chatman, a 16 year veteran, has served as Portland Fire & Rescue’s Public Information Officer since January 2013.

There was no accident or injuries associated to the incident. Portland Police pulled Chatman over after he made a prohibited turn at NW 16th and Glisan in Portland.  Chatman, who was off-duty, was noted as impaired; he cooperated fully with Police and was taken into custody Saturday, August 2nd at 11:41.

Chief Erin Janssens stated, “I’m saddened by this incident and know Lt. Chatman feels tremendous remorse for allowing himself to become impaired and fail to exercise good judgment. I’m very relieved no one was injured; we remind everyone of the importance to not drink and drive. If you are going to be drinking, please do so responsibly, and always designate a driver, use public transportation or taxi service.”

PF&R commends Portland Police officers for their professional response and always working to keep our streets safe.


Chatman will be re-assigned from his regular duties pending the results of this case and an internal review.

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