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Inmate firefighter steals firetruck, goes on joyride

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Posted at 7:46 PM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 22:46:50-04

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate firefighter went on a joyride with a firetruck and damaged property at a truck rack company in El Dorado County before crashing.

KCRA reports the inmate was part of a crew with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection that was called out Sunday to a vegetation fire that was reportedly started by illegal fireworks in Shingle Springs.

Shortly after arriving, the 31-year-old inmate took off in a fire truck and drove it through a fence, hitting a truck and other equipment in a parking lot.

The inmate is back in custody and at a hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.