An inmate firefighter stole a fire truck while responding to an incident Sunday night in Shingle Springs. The man damaged property before eventually crashing and totaling the truck. Around 10:50 p.m. Sunday, the Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit responded to a vegetation fire in Shingle Springs. During the response, an incarcerated firefighter who was part of the firefighting crew stole a Cal Fire truck and began driving it, according to a joint news release from Cal Fire and other responding agencies.
The man took the truck on a joyride, damaging “public and private property,” according to the release. KCRA reported that the man drove the fire truck through a fence at Rack-It Truck Racks on Dividend Drive, and hit vehicles and equipment in the parking lot.
The man eventually drove the fire truck into a ditch, totaling the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital and is expected to recover fully. No other civilians or firefighters were injured during the incident. The inmate is a 31-year-old male admitted from Orange County in 2015, officials said. His name is being withheld as agencies investigate the incident.