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Volunteer firefighter takes truck on a drunken joyride

Sunday - 3/6/2011, 9:24am  ET

LEESBURG, Va. - A local volunteer firefighter was arrested after taking his company's fire engine on a drunken joyride late Friday night.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's office says the 27-year-old volunteer with Co. 5 in Hamilton was seen driving the company's fire engine eastbound on Harmony Church Road near Canby Road at a high rate of speed.

A county patrol deputy heading toward the truck had to veer into a ditch to avoid a collision with the truck before turning around and stopping the vehicle at Woodburn Road.

The volunteer was given a series of field sobriety tests, arrested, and charged with a DUI and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was later released on his own recognizance.

There were four other people in the fire truck, all identified as volunteers in the county fire-rescue system. All four had been drinking. None were arrested, and were released to a sober driver.

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