One Heck of a Commute- From Prison

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Paterson city officials say they have fired a New Jersey fire captain who was commuting to work from a Pennsylvania prison.

Paterson fire Capt. Thomas Alala was serving a year for drunken driving when city officials discovered in May that he was commuting roughly 70 miles from the Northampton County Prison in Easton, Pa., for his 24-hour shifts.

Fire officials say he never told the department about the conviction — his third one for driving while intoxicated — and the work-release arrangement was stopped.

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