California Highway Patrol Settles Dispute With Fireman By Using Handcuffs

“The CHP is going to investigate,” [Chula Vista fire chief, Dave] Hanneman said. ‘I think a lot of this had to do with communication.’”

Umm, not really.

From U-T San Diego:

The firefighter had parked the engine behind an ambulance in the fast lane of Interstate 805 near East Naples Drive, where a sedan had flipped over a concrete guard rail and two people were reported injured.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman said fire crews are trained to position their rigs to block oncoming traffic.

“I know clearing the freeway is a priority for the CHP,” Hanneman said. “Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our firefighters and patients.”

The CHP officer, whose name has not been released, told firefighter/engineer Jacob Gregoire to move the engine out of the traffic lane or he would be arrested, Hanneman said. He said Gregoire, who was checking the overturned car for any additional victims, answered that he’d have to check with his captain.

That’s when the officer detained Gregoire, a 12 ½-year fire service veteran, Hanneman said.

A CBS8 news video shows the firefighter jumping over a low concrete freeway divider, putting his hands behind his back and being cuffed. The CHP officer led him to a patrol car, put him in the back seat and detained him there for several minutes. He was not arrested.

Supervisors from both agencies met at the crash site and Gregoire was released, Hanneman said.

Being blunt, this has everything to do with a Highway Patrol officer who is on a personal power trip, and needs to lose his badge, forever. Even if the firefighter was somehow out of line (and the video doesn't back that up) the dispute could have been handled after the accident victims were all cared for.

Gee, I hope this officer's family is never in a situation where they need to be saved by a fireman, and another cop decides to arrest the rescuers before his loved ones can be brought out of danger.

Our nation truly is going insane.



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