Fire Captain in California Convicted Of DUI Made Alcohol in Jail

March 19, 2012

A former Long Beach, California fire captain convicted of drunk driving has been sentenced to four years in state prison for violating his probation terms by making alcohol in jail.

John Hines was ordered to serve the sentence Friday.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that Hines filtered hand sanitizer at the Huntington Beach jail and drank the ethanol it produced.

Police Capt. Russel Reinhart told the newspaper Hines used salt to filter toxins out of the cleaning solution before drinking it.

Hines was convicted last year to driving drunk when he hit a bicyclist and left the man critically injured.

As part of a plea deal, he was allowed to serve probation and a year in jail where he worked as a janitor.

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  • March 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    reality bites says:
    Awesome. What's next, he sets up a meth lab in the laundry facility? This is one seriously messed-up drunk.
  • March 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    SFlaagent says:
    Apparently detox wasn't offered????
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