Police: Firefighter took brush truck on drunken joy ride

The 24-year-old volunteer has been booted off the department and may face theft charges

By Emily Rittman

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Kan. — A volunteer firefighter allegedly took a fire truck on a drunken joy ride and then apparently called dispatchers to complain about another firefighter following her.

Investigators say the sirens were blaring with Chelsea Matthew behind the wheel. The 24-year-old woman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison fire district keeps their trucks locked up. Matthew had access to the fire district's rig that is used to fight grass fires.

As she traveled down a road, Matthew apparently used the emergency radio to reach dispatchers, according to dispatch recordings obtained by KCTV5.

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