CFD deputy commissioner resigns suddenly

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John McNicholas

CHICAGO — The deputy commissioner of the Chicago Fire Dept has resigned after he was involved in a car crash early this morning.

John McNicholas was in a department vehicle when it crashed near Lakeshore Drive and North Ave, according to the Chicago Fire Dept.

The department spokesperson said in a statement  “The Deputy Commissioner has been fully cooperative with the Internal Affairs Division of the department. The investigation has thus far found that McNicholas was operating his city vehicle outside of department policy.”

Photos of the accident obtained by WGN News shows the Ford Explorer with severe front-end damage and the airbag deployed. The vehicle is said to be a total loss.

Police say McNicholas was behind the wheel.

They say McNicholas was cut off by another motorist, swerved trying to avoid an accident and crashed into a utility pole.

In a statement, police say no one was injured and that no citations were issued.

McNicholas handed in his letter of resignation this afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing, the department says.