I remember running a call for a man unconscious at a traffic signal. When we arrived on the scene, sure enough the guy was passed out at the wheel, with his foot on the brake, on a highway with a slight downward slope. Only the luck of the drunk kept his car in place until I reached in, put the transmission in park and grabbed the keys out of the ignition.
But Santa Fe, New Mexico firefighters did much better than that. Faced with a somewhat more difficult situation Wednesday night they reached into their tool bag and prevented a police chase and possible harm to others. A combination of fire engine strength wheel chocks and a little forcible entry on a window kept a man police are describing as highly intoxicated from speeding off as the first cop arrived. Watch the video above.
Also on STATter911 …
- Police say man driving ambulance was drunk. Hackettstown, NJ squad member arrested before patient transport. – February 21, 2013
- UPDATE – Chief resigns: Alcohol troubles again for Carlisle, Iowa chief. Latest off-duty incident follows previous on-duty EMS response. – March 26, 2012
- Injured PGFD firefighters honored by MD Rep. Donna Edwards. Kevin O’Toole returns to Bladensburg firehouse. – June 13, 2012
- Pre-arrival video: Five-alarm fire in Santa Clara, CA. Townhomes under construction threaten occupied buildings. Video from four sides. – May 12, 2012
Powered by Facebook Comments