A 27-year-old emotionally disturbed person (a/k/a lunatic, dirtbag etc) broke into a firehouse, crashed through the bay doors and took that stolen fire truck speeding through Paulding County, Georgia today.
Firefighters at Paulding County Fire Station #3 were participating in a training session a few blocks from the firehouse this morning when Paulding County Fire Dispatch started receiving unauthorized distress transmissions over the department’s secure radio network. A man was yelling, but the dispatcher was unable to understand what he was saying.
When she reached out to the firefighters at Station #3, they were surprised because the rescue truck was supposed to be parked at the fire station where they left it.
While they were training, Zackary Lee Paulk, 27, broke into the fire station and crashed his way through the doors with the stolen rescue truck.
Shortly after the unauthorized transmissions, 911 started getting phone calls from neighbors along Mt.Tabor Church Road. They were reporting a Fire Department vehicle driving erratically and speeding through the neighborhood.
The stolen fire truck crashed into several mail boxes and street signs before it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another car.
With the wheels ripped apart, the truck ran off the road and got stuck in the mud. The suspect jumped out and tried to steal another vehicle at a house. When he was not successful, police said he went into the garage of that home where he was confronted by the homeowner.
The homeowner and neighbors held him until cops arrived to arrest him.
And you think your Monday sucked…