A Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief charged with crashing his personal vehicle into a parked car in Santa Clarita and fleeing from the scene was allowed Friday to enter a diversion program.

Ellsworth S. Fortman, 55, is expected to perform 15 days of community labor, attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and pay full restitution as part of the 24-month diversion program, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Fortman was charged last May with one misdemeanor count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors alleged Fortman was driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the Jan. 26, 2020, collision and left the scene and drove home.

Fortman remains on duty with the fire department, which is conducting an administrative investigation, according to Cheryl Getuiza, the LAFD’s director of government affairs and media relations.

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