Three Detroit firefighters are accused of crashing their rig during a joyride and then lying to police about the cause of the accident.
The fire engine sustained $75,000 in damage on March 30 when it slammed into a median near Southfield and I-96, Fox2 reported Wednesday night. It’s unclear whether the firefighters were drunk, but they coaxed a sober firefighter to the scene, and he claimed he was driving and submitted to a drug and alcohol test.
The firefighters from Engine 55 told police that a car sideswiped them, but authorities didn’t buy it.
The firefighters are on unpaid leave during an internal investigation. It’s unclear whether police also are investigating because it is a crime to make a false police report.
Top fire officials declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing.