An accident involving a car that had overturned while heading northbound on I-805 in Chula Vista, CA, took a strange turn on Tuesday when news cameras on the scene captured a police officer placing handcuffs on a firefighter and putting him in the back of a California Highway Patrol cruiser. Reports indicate that the officer had asked the firefighter to move his fire engine from the No. 1 lane on southbound I-805, and he refused.

A local news team was there to capture the firefighter's cuffing and detention and reports he was released about a half hour later. No formal statement has emerged from either the CHP or Chula Vista Fire Department, but both sides reportedly met yesterday to discuss the incident.

Hopefully they can work it out with a charity softball game or something – anything that convinces the public again our first responders are more interested in working together to help us at the scene of an emergency than arguing over parking. Scroll down to watch a video of the incident yourself.
San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com


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      phlavor
      • 10 Months Ago
      They could just both whip em out and settle the dispute once and for all.
        Ugaba
        • 10 Months Ago
        @phlavor
        Fire department would win..on account of the hose...
      Matteo239
      • 10 Months Ago
      I wouldn't jump all over the cop right away. They could have been there already for awhile. It looked like at least 8 fireman and they weren't all helping with the person injured. The cop has to look out for the safety of motorist and I'm sure he knew that the truck parked like that wasn't save. If the driver wasn't directly doing something to save someones life than go move the damn truck. I wouldn't think drivers are directly involved with the injured anyways. Who knows though. I'm sure they'll hug it out. Much love.
      firefack
      • 8 Days Ago

      The Firetruck was strategically parked as a barrier to protect the first responders on scene.. Cop was a power tripping douche like usual.

      firefack
      • 8 Days Ago

      The Firetruck was strategically parked as a barrier to protect the first responders on scene.. Cop was a power tripping douche like usual.

      Car Guy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Autoblog sure loves fueling the anti-cop hate on this forum with these stories. All in the name of page clicks!
        car-a-holic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        Nothing anti cop about it. This is a factual bizarre occurrence which they found intriguing and though provoking. Fair enough; let the digital world run with it
          Car Guy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @car-a-holic
          Anybody who's been around this forum knows there is a steady stream of stories that paint cops in a negative light. I certainly do not see this on The Truth About Cars or Jalopnik. That's the facts.
        car-a-holic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        I disagree. The story is the story. no slamming, no bias. maybe you don't like the fact it appears in this forum. Irregular- given this is an enthusiast car forum? no because I think that wrecks, traffic, EMS and the lawman are a part of the very fabric this enthusiast site sits on top. its undeniable. they're all together. Additionally you can also trace the very roots of americanas love affair with the car to the region where the is incident occurred. That makes it all the more relevant- and intriguing!
      username
      • 10 Months Ago
      Detaining a firefighter at an accident scene? This "cop" needs to get off the streets
      Bernard
      • 10 Months Ago
      So while the firefighter is busy saving lives the cop is worrying about parking? Can you imagine if that was your family hurt and the fireman can't save them because there's a cop on a power trip? Mr CHP needs a demotion.
      PheelACCD
      • 10 Months Ago
      I hope that cop gets demoted. The firefighter had his priorities straight: treat the injured first, move the truck later.
        SloopJohnB
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PheelACCD
        I don't know about demotion, but certainly some retraining and discipline. Perhaps wearing a shoe on top of his head and dancing topless outside the firestation while apologizing. Oh, yeah, that and a personal injury lawsuit settlement with the FF involved.
      flammablewater
      • 10 Months Ago
      Are you sure this isn't from the Onion? It seems too ridiculous, even for cops.
        JaredN
        • 10 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        Unfortunately, it is real, it isn't the first time, and it won't be the last. Nothing will change until police officers start experiencing serious consequences (like getting fired) for actions like this.
          Brian Calhoun
          • 10 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          They have to murder someone on camera to get fired. You know like accidentally shooting a dude in the back instead of a taser or beating a homeless man to death.
      JaredN
      • 10 Months Ago
      Respect my authoritah! So many cops suffer from testosterone poisoning.
      stickshiftn69
      • 10 Months Ago
      that's why we call it commiefornia... power hungry ******* cop doesn't help either, I hope the cop gets demoted to security at toys r us for the rest of his life
        T-Mille
        • 10 Months Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        What does police brutality have to do with communism? Those are two totally, TOTALLY different issues.
      Kuro Houou
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow, talk about a power trip for that Cop... I swear they have to much authority these days and just think they can do whatever they want. Go eat some doughnuts while sitting on the side of the road collecting tax dollars from drivers.
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