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.