Sunday, January 07, 2007

Fire Quint stolen and wrecked by teen

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Snap-on tool vendor John Allardyce inspects damage on the Beaumont Fire Department's Quint No. 9 at the department's service center in Beaumont on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2006. The truck was stolen and damaged while firefighters responded to a call.

Phillip Sims, 17, was arrested for the theft. He told police he took the truck because he was "cold" and "tired of walking." Beaumont Fire Department's $650,000 Quint No. 9 remains damaged beyond use at the department's service center.

Although the photos are boring, the story is too good to miss. The teen will be tried as an adult. There's also a "Welcome to Texas" angle to this story,
The person who apparently fled from the overturned vehicle was found in a resident's garage, and is accused of lunging at an officer who then struck the suspect several times, according to the police report. He was taken by EMS to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Please read "Teen steals, wrecks $650K fire truck," "Stolen, wrecked firetruck was Beaumont FD's most expensive machine" and "Fire truck joyride leaves city with choice: Fix $650K wreck or buy new truck" by Jennifer Avilla.

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