A FIREFIGHTER has been locked up while he waits to face a court on charges of intending to deal drugs.
Carl Miller is accused of having cocaine that he planned to sell on to others.
The 28-year-old is a fireman at Hartlepool’s Stranton Fire Station and is well known in the town’s rugby circles.
Fire chiefs say they are aware of the charges and are co-operating with the police investigation.
The dad of one appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on October 12.
He has yet to enter a plea to charges of possessing a class A drug and a class B drug with the intent to supply both.
Miller, of Marlowe Road, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, was remanded into custody by justices until he appears in the court again on November 8.
The case is then due to be passed up to Teesside Crown Court to be heard before a judge.
Ian Hayton, chief fire officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said “We are currently aware of and are fully cooperating with the police investigation in connection with the alleged activities of one of our employees.
“We are also exploring our legal responsibilities and obligations as an employer.”
The brigade would not confirm or deny whether Miller has been suspended from his post.
The former Brierton pupil and Hartlepool Sixth Form College student appeared in the Hartlepool Mail in August when he won the nutty slack race during the Headland Carnival.
He is also well-known through playing rugby for West Hartlepool RFC.