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Spokane Firefighter Acquitted of Assault Charges

COLVILLE, Wa. -  A Spokane firefighter who fought with two Washington State Patrol troopers who suspected him of drunken driving has been acquitted by a Stevens County jury.

Todd Chism was found not guilty Thursday of all charges of assault and resisting arrest. The
jury also ordered the state of Washington to pay his legal fees.

Chism was subdued with a Taser and arrested in the fight last April outside his Nine Mile Falls home where he had been trying to get his truck out of a ditch. One trooper received a broken thumb and another a hand injury in the fight.  Chism said he reacted in self-defense after he was shocked with the Taser. The fire department lieutenant was suspended after the incident.

This is the second time Chism has been cleared of felony charges.  The first time was in 2008, when charges of possession of child pornography were dropped when it was discovered someone was using Chism's stolen credit card to purchase the illicit material.

Chism filed a $12 million lawsuit against the W.S.P. stemming from that arrest, but a judge dismissed it.

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