James Jobes

Wilmington Fire Marshal James Jobes

A high-ranking official in the Wilmington Fire Department was charged with driving under the influence in another state.

Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention James Jobes, 53, was pulled over by a Maryland state trooper for allegedly speeding and, ultimately, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland, according to court records obtained by WDEL.

Court records showed he was "so far impaired by alcohol [he] cannot drive safely."  

The violation occurred on July 3, 2019 at 8:40 p.m., according to court records.

Court records said Jobes was "in excess of reasonable and prudent speed," traveling at 83 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on northbound 301 at Route 305 in Queen Anne's County.

He was also cited for recklessly driving a vehicle in "wanton and willful disregard for safety of persons and property," as well as failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions.

The fines total $690.

He's due back in court on September 5, 2019.

Jobes had no comment and promptly hung up on WDEL.  

Wilmington Fire Battalion Chief John Looney referred all comment to the mayor's office. The city's human resources department refused comment on Jobes' status within the department, calling it "personnel issue."  It's unclear whether an acting fire marshal is in place.  

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Amy Cherry is the Assistant News Director and an investigative journalist at WDEL. She joined WDEL's award-winning news team in 2010 from WBZ Newsradio 1030 in Boston and has received national accolades for reporting.