Highway Patrolman Arrests Firefighter on Accident Scene

Published 02/07 2014 02:25PM

Updated 02/07 2014 02:49PM

An accident scene in Southern California leads to the arrest of a firefighter who was helping out.  California Highway Patrol has yet to speak on this incident, but the firefighter's Chief is.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman says fire crews did no wrong in how they handled a rollover crash on I-805 Tuesday night and he does not understand why one of his engineers ended up in the back of a CHP cruiser.

"We don't know what was going through the officer's mind."

Hanneman says an engine was partially blocking a lane to protect an ambulance and those helping two victims.

A CHP officer allegedly ordered the engineer, Jacob Gregoire, pictured in the video, to move his truck.  When he refused, he was handcuffed and then detained for about a half hour.

"The request was not to realign, but to leave the scene and go back to quarters.  From our perspective, our firefighter 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."

According to Hanneman, the officer's actions could have made the situation even more dangerous.

"We had two more engines this officer made go away.  We have to get to a good investigation as to why that occurred."

Representatives with both agencies met Wednesday morning to discuss the incident.

"We asked the CHP Commander, this is how we're trained to operate here.  We're going to continue that and we need their support.  He said, ' yes, we don't expect you to change on how you are responding'."

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