Robert Kenneth Boncela

Robert Kenneth Boncela

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS career firefighter and paramedic Robert Boncela was arrested Saturday for an incident police said took place late Friday night.

Officers were called to a single-car accident off Corner Creek Lane just before 11 p.m. Friday, but when they arrived the driver was nowhere to be found.

“The reporting party heard a loud bang and saw the driver leaving the vehicle,” Jackson police Lt. Roger Schultz said.

They found a truck smashed against a tree in reverse, with the keys still in the ignition. Police towed the truck, which they said had open containers of alcohol inside. On Saturday, Boncela went to the Jackson Police Department to report the accident.

He denied having been drinking, Schultz said, but “he did admit to failing to report.” Police arrested Boncela, 30, for leaving the scene of an accident and for having the open containers.

Fire Chief Brady Hansen can’t comment on personnel issues but said the department looks to human resources and Teton County’s legal departments for guidance.

“We hold ourselves to a really high standard, and if we find incidents that don’t meet those standards, we take appropriate action,” Hansen said. “The community expects a lot from us, and we expect a lot from each other.”

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Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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