California Highway Patrol Officer Cuffs Firefighter For Refusing To Move Engine

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(CNN) A Southern California firefighter ended up in handcuffs this week after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.

The California Highway Patrol detained engineer Jacob Gregoire of the Chula Vista Fire Department for about 30 minutes after he refused to move an engine partially blocking a lane, CNN affiliate KFMB reported.

It was there to help protect ambulance crews treating people injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 805.

The same officer also asked firefighters with two other engines at the accident to leave the scene. They complied with the request.

Fire Chief Dave Hanneman stood by the crew that remained.

“We don’t know what was going through the officer’s mind,” Hanneman told CNN affiliate KSWB. “From our perspective, our engineer was out there doing what they’re trained to do and doing everything right to take care of patient care and protect that scene.”

The incident prompted a meeting between CHP and Chula Vista officials Wednesday.

In a joint statement released after the session, they called the officer’s detention an “unfortunate incident,” labeling it “an isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal.”

The statement promised the incident will be a topic of future joint training sessions between the two agencies.


  • Tim

    The CHP are gun grabbing, road blocking, citizen harassing Nazis. The future of law enforcement if the culture and academies are not brought back to sanity. People can complain about the mpd but the fact is most of them are decent cops. Most… Now Bartlett is full of psychopaths.

    • Hard Truths


      CHPs are like Gestapo, so is Bartlett.

      MPD is just low-intelligence thuggery, corruption, and cronyism.

      And thugs come in ALL colors.

  • Aubrey

    Seems like the CHP Officer over reacted. If the firefighter parked the engine in a way to protect both the firefighters and the injured, the officer should have used better judgement. Most of us have seen emergency vehicles on the way to a call and people will not pull over or stop for them. We have all passed the scene of an accident and people will not even obey the police officers orders to stop or at least slow down and wait on emergency personnel. Need to be sure classes on exercising good judgement are offered. Some people cannot think outside of a given rule.

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