A firefighter was arrested by a cop at an active crash scene after the firefighter refused to move his truck because he was helping victims. A network news channel was there to catch it all on video, according to Newsmax on Feb. 6. On the video a California Highway Patrolman is seen cuffing a firefighter after he refused to follow the cops order to move his truck out of a traffic lane he was wanted to clear.
Jacob Gregoire, a 36-year-old firefighter with the Chula Vista Fire Department, was taken away by an unidentified CHP officer. The two had a conversation while the cop was cuffing the 12-year firefighter veteran. Gregoire said "We're on the road trying to help people." The cop said, ""We asked you. We asked you to clear the road and you said no, and you are getting arrested for not moving it,"
What a place to have a power struggle, at a crash site! You would think that these two first responders would work together instead of their interaction resulting in an arrest. Gregoire's fellow firefighters are seen assisting the accident victims during the arrest. You can see the video above.
The California Highway Patrol would not release the officer's name who made the arrest and they wouldn't say whether the cop would get some type of reprimand for his actions. Instead CHP and the Chula Vista Fire Department got together to release a joint statement:
"Last night there was an unfortunate incident at the scene of a traffic collision on I-805," the statement read. "Both the CHP and the Chula Vista Fire Department share a common goal of protecting the public and. . . have the utmost respect for each other and our respective missions. This was an isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal."
Apparently there have been disagreements between these two branches of public servants in Chula Vista in the past, but this is the first time a cop arrested a fellow firefighter.