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Driver who allegedly struck firefighter on I-55 taken into custody Thursday

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Bryan Kreitler, 42, is charged with driving while intoxicated. He was allegedly drunk when he hit a firefighter on I-55 Friday. Credit: St. Louis Police Bryan Kreitler, 42, is charged with driving while intoxicated. He was allegedly drunk when he hit a firefighter on I-55 Friday. Credit: St. Louis Police
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

On Thursday morning, the man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a St. Louis firefighter during an ice storm was taken into custody during a court appearance.          

Bryan Kreitler, 42, is now facing a felony charge of driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender. His bond has was reduced to $10,000 cash only, down from $20,000.

Police said Kreitler was behind the wheel during an ice storm in December when he crashed into a St. Louis City firefighter who was working to clear a weather-related accident on Interstate 55. They said Kreitler then hit a fire truck on the side of the road.

That firefighter was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Prosecutors said he suffered serious head injuries, including a concussion.

The firefighter, who has since returned to work, was also in the courtroom Thursday and prepared to make a victim statement. However, the judge did not permit him to speak, pending further charges, which prosecutors said they are looking into.

Immediately after the crash, Kreitler was arrested but later released from jail on a $1,000 bond. Since then, charges against him have changed to account for a previous felony drunken driving charge.

Prior to Thursday’s hearing, KMOV inquired as to why Kreitler was not facing any charges for injuring the firefighter or damaging a city vehicle.

The Circuit Attorney's office issued KMOV a statement in response to that saying, "The charges prosecutors are seeking against Mr. Kreitler are the maximum allowed under Missouri Law, based upon the evidence we currently have and the circumstances of the incident. If anyone has any information about this matter, we urge them to contact police.

Kreitler’s attorney declined to comment after Thursday’s court appearance.

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