The incident took place on Interstate 95 near Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach on July 28, according to an arrest report.

An off-duty Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighter is facing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol following an incident last month on Interstate 95, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


Juan Ferro Saenz, 25, was taken into custody the night of July 28 after an FHP trooper stopped his vehicle near Lantana Road. He was released on his own recognizance the following morning. Saenz would not speak to a Palm Beach Post reporter when reached for comment Monday.


He is a firefighter-paramedic who was hired in 2016, Palm Beach Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Alberto Borroto said.


Saenz remains on duty while the department conducts a disciplinary investigation. It will determine his status after the courts finish with his case, Borroto said.


Following his arrest, Saenz reportedly denied that he had consumed alcohol and refused when a trooper requested that he perform a series of roadside sobriety tests, according to an FHP arrest report.


Saenz was observed speeding and driving in an aggressive manner that night after he entered northbound I-95 at Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach, the report said.


Concerned for the safety of the occupants in Saenz’s vehicle and other motorists, the trooper pulled the vehicle over and noted that Saenz’s speech was slurred and that he had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, the report said.


Prior to and after his arrest, Saenz advised that he worked for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, according to the arrest report. He was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was placed under observation at the breath-alcohol test facility.


Saenz refused to provide a breath sample, the report said. His next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9 at the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach, court records show.


jwhigham@pbpost.com


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