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Long Beach fire captain charged with DUI, hit-and-run

Long Beach Fire Capt. John Hines, above, was arrested for a hit-and-run accident in Seal Beach on April 1, 2011. He was convicted of driving under the influence and hit-and-run Sept. 6, 2011.

April 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Long Beach fire captain has been charged with hit-and-run while driving under the influence after injuring a bicyclist.

Prosecutors said 38 year-old John Hines' blood alcohol level was .24 percent, three times the legal limit, at the time of the crash April 1.

He's accused of hitting 47-year-old bicyclist Jeffrey Gordon on Westminster Avenue in Seal Beach, then fleeing the scene. Gordon was thrown from his bike and suffered severe injuries.

If convicted, Hines faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison.