Motorist arrested after driving through fire scene
Capt. Brad Penisson, the city's fire marshal and a certified peace officer who carries handcuffs and a service weapon with him, arrested the driver
BEAUMONT, Texas — A motorist today tried to drive through an active firefighting scene in the 2300 block of Avenue A in Beaumont, resulting in his arrest and transport to the Jefferson County Jail on outstanding warrants.
It's unusual, said Capt. Brad Penisson, the city's fire marshal and a certified peace officer who carries handcuffs and a service weapon with him.
Penisson said he stopped the motorist, southbound on Avenue A near Lyle Street because it's a violation to drive through an active fire scene. He checked the man's driver's license, discovered the warrants and placed him under arrest. Beaumont police officer Matt Bean arrived on the scene to take the suspect to jail, trading out his set of handcuffs for Penisson's.
"There's a big sign on the engine," Penisson said. "It says 'Keep Back 500 Feet.'"
He said a motorist can break a hose by driving over it, which cuts the pressure to the firefighters trying to extinguish a fire.
The heat wasn't all at the fire. The suspect also tried to raise Penisson's temperature, too.
Penisson remained cool under the shade of a live oak on Avenue A in the mid-morning.
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