A homeless man helps police to stop the man who stole a firetruck and drove it through Southern California
A homeless man assisted police to arrest a man who had stolen a firetruck and involved authorities into a medium-speed chase through Southern California.
The man stole fire engine 85 after firefighters had transported a patient to the UC-Irvine Medical Center, according to Orange County Fire Department.
The incident happened at about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"As they were dropping off a patient at the hospital the truck was stolen," Barta said, according to KTTV-TV.
The suspect drove the firetruck through different cities of Orange County. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The speed of the chase never exceeded 40 miles per hour.
The pursuit took an hour and a half. At one point a homeless man stood in front of the firetruck and stopped it from moving. The cops ordered the man to surrender.
The homeless man was later identified as Richard Lynn.
Accroding to a witness, Lynn kept the firetruck there for about 20 minutes while persuading the man to surrender peacefully to the cops, which he then did. The suspect was arrested by Anaheim Police and booked into Orange County Central men’s jail.
"It was just crazy how the homeless guy walked up in front of the firetruck and started talking to him through the windshield," said witness Mitch Fecler to KTTV.
"They just kept telling him, 'please get out of the truck, we don't want to hurt you,' and finally the guy opened the door and surrendered peacefully," he added.
There was minor damage done to the firetruck.