By April Kemick
London Free Press
PORT HURON, Mich. (CP) - A 35-year-old British man has been
charged by Michigan police probing the discovery of a London, Ont.,
fire truck in a ditch.
St. Clair County police charged the man with possession of
stolen property over $20,000, Sgt. Jerry Bassett of the St. Clair
County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
The big red rig - which was returning home from a $350,000
upgrade in Colorado - was taken from the Blue Water Bridge compound
in Sarnia around 1 a.m. Sunday, Bassett said.
The truck was parked at the non-secure compound after paperwork
problems at the border on Saturday.
A man broke into the locked truck and somehow managed to start
it, police said.
"There are keys that lock the outside doors, but the ignition
and everything is set up through a battery, a sequence of switches
and the airbrake," said a dumbfounded Dave Kitterman, London's
deputy fire chief.
"The average person wouldn't be able to do it," Kitterman
said. "He must have had some kind of previous experience driving a
truck like this."
After paying a toll on the Canadian side of the bridge, the man
tried to pass through U.S. Customs, where he was told to pull over,
Instead, the man drove away, he said.
On the Canadian side of the border, police were reviewing
videotapes from a Sarnia, Ont., parking lot as part of their
investigation, said Const. John Reurink, a provincial police
For some reason, customs officers did not contact St. Clair
County police about the fleeing vehicle, Bassett said.
Authorities didn't locate the rig until nearly seven hours later
in a rural area off of Interstate 69, when the man attempted to
turn around in a driveway and backed into a ditch.
Passersby, suspicious of the Ontario plates on the fire truck,
notified police of the strange sight. St. Clair County police
arrested a man around 9 a.m.
"He's claiming he blacked out and doesn't remember anything
after he left a bar in Sarnia (early Sunday morning)," Bassett
The truck was sent to Loveland, Colo., in February to be fitted
with extra lighting for nighttime fires and a mobile air compressor
to fill firefighters' tanks on the scene, Kitterman said.
The revamped rig will likely make its way back to London
Wednesday night sometime, said Kitterman.
"It could be in service in a couple of days," he said. "It's
not a front-line vehicle, so we'll make do without it."
Kitterman said he's still shocked a slow-moving, obvious vehicle
was chosen for an apparent joyride.
"He could have taken something a lot faster and a lot less
obvious from that lot," he said. "I'm still in awe."
Danny Yen of the Canadian Border Services Agency said he doesn't
know of another case in which property was removed without
permission from the Blue Water Bridge compound.
Martin Chalker is charged with possession of stolen property.
(London Free Press)
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Thread: Fire Engine stolen....and found
06-21-2005, 02:01 AM #1
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06-22-2005, 04:12 PM #2
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06-22-2005, 08:10 PM #3
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Who does that???....Honestly?
06-22-2005, 10:07 PM #4
I bet you it was because the truck was all shiny
When i get drunk i get attracted to shiny things like a moth to a light. I often wake up in strange places with shiny things clutched in my hand."There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."
For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.
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