A pair of suspects led police officers on a chase across four counties after stealing a fire truck worth approximately $1 million. A man and a woman took the fire truck from the scene of a grass fire and quickly sped off, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. The pursuit covered about 85 miles and lasted around two hours.
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The incident took place on Saturday after a man and woman stole a fire truck from the scene of a fire in Rio Linda, California, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee. The vehicle belonged to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s Station 111. A spokesperson stated that the value of the truck is $1 million.
After the fire truck was stolen, local law enforcement was dispatched to recover the vehicle, and multiple agencies were ultimately involved in the pursuit.
The suspects led officers through Sacramento, Placer, Yuba, and Butte counties, achieving speeds of about 70 mph and occasionally driving the truck in the direction of oncoming traffic.
California Highway Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies went after the fire truck, which eventually was stopped along Highway 70.
Two suspects, a man and a woman, were in the vehicle when officers approached, and both were arrested.
The identities of the suspects have not been provided.
“It’s the first time it’s happened to us,” said Capt. Chris Vestal, a Metro Fire spokesman. He added that the fire truck would have to be hauled away by the department and that extensive work by the fleet crews would be necessary to repair damage sustained during the joyride.
“It’s got some obvious damage to the front axle area,” Vestal stated, “and it will have to be assessed.”
Fully outfitted, the truck has a value of $1 million, but none of the equipment inside appeared to be damaged.
Photographs of the fire truck appeared on social media, showing the state of the vehicle after the chase.
“It wouldn’t be going into service until extensive work is made.”
A Type 1 #FireEngine was stolen from the scene of a #VegetationFire today in #RioLinda. During the pursuit by various #LawEnforcement agencies #MetroFire deployed a reserve engine in the stolen apparatus’ place to continue our essential mission of #EmergencyService delivery. pic.twitter.com/NGvSovzBcX
— Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) July 15, 2018
Station 111, where the fire truck was from, won’t be without vital equipment while repairs are being made, as they a reserve vehicle was quickly provided.