Calif. fire chief carjacked at scene of vehicle crash

Chief Doug McCoun turned on the Marina Fire Department SUV's emergency lights, called in the incident and was suddenly pulled out of the car

By Leila Merrill

PRUNEDALE, Calif. — Chief Doug McCoun of the Marina Fire Department was carjacked Friday night at the scene of a vehicle crash, SKBW reported.

Just before 9 p.m., McCoun was driving a department SUV, which has decals on it, when he encountered a crash on Highway 156. The chief turned on the emergency lights and reported the crash.

He then saw a man who he thought needed help who instead, “unbuckled me and pulled me out of the car."

The man drove off in the Ford Expedition.

"I just didn't get it. I didn't think it was going to really be happening," McCoun said. "It took me a long time until I was actually coming out of the car and we're on the ground wrestling that I realized that it was happening."

According to the California Highway Patrol, the man who stole one of the crashed vehicles — an Aston Martin — also took the fire department vehicle. They arrested the man, Kevin Peck, and recovered the Expedition on Saturday morning.

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