DES MOINES, IOWA — Thomas John (T.J.) Fennell, the senior enlisted leader of the Iowa Air National Guard, is accused of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident in Polk County.

Command Chief Master Sergeant Fennell was booked into the Polk County Jail at 1:48 a.m. on Thursday. He’s charged with OWI-1st Offense and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The crash reportedly happened on the property at Camp Dodge and Fennell was taken into custody there.

Fennell took over responsibility of the Air National Guard in October 2019. He is the seventh Command Chief Master Sergeant in the state’s history.

The Iowa National Guard provided a statement to WHO 13 Thursday afternoon regarding the incident.

The Iowa National Guard is aware that Command Chief Master Sgt. Thomas J. Fennell was involved in an incident that resulted in his arrest. We are working with local law enforcement in the investigation. Isolated incidents of misconduct go against the stated values of the Iowa National Guard. We are working to provide the necessary resources to the individual and his family.

Iowa National Guard

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details are released.