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Feb 24, 2010 12:17 AM

Montecito fire battalion chief cuffed while responding to crash

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP)

A Montecito fire battalion chief was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer for refusing to move his fire truck during a Santa Barbara County freeway crash investigation.

CHP Capt. Jeff Sgobba now calls that President's Day incident rare, regrettable and embarrassing.

Arriving Montecito firefighters had blocked the fast lane with an engine to shield first responders and the CHP officer wanted the rig moved. The battalion chief was handcuffed when he refused.

The firefighter was released when a CHP supervisor arrived a short time later.

No charges have been filed.

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