LAFD Assistant Chief Charged With Crashing Into Car, Fleeing From Scene

Los Angeles Fire Department

A Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief is facing two misdemeanor charges for allegedly crashing his personal vehicle into a parked car in Santa Clarita and fleeing from the scene in January.

Ellsworth S. Fortman, 54, was charged last week with one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors allege Fortman was driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the Jan. 26 collision and left the scene and drove home.

An arraignment date has yet to be set for Fortman, who could face up to a year in jail if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Witnesses say a hit-and-run in Santa Clarita on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 moved a car over a hundred feet, and that the suspect, Assistant Fire Chief Ellsworth Fortman, did not come out when police knocked on his door.

"The department is aware of the allegations and is cooperating with the D.A.'s Office,'' LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said in a statement. "An administrative internal investigation is being conducted by our professional standards division.''

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