St. Petersburg, FL- A St. Petersburg man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he crashed into a fire truck responding to a medical emergency.
According to News 10, just before 2 a.m., a fire truck was traveling through an intersection at 8th Street North and 1st Avenue North with all emergency lights and sirens on, when it was struck by an incoming car.
Police said that Terry Robert McFarland, 26, ran a red light at the intersection, crashing into the rear of the truck. The impact pushed the rescue vehicle over on its side.
Two firefighters became trapped and had to be extricated. They were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
McFarland was not injured, but his passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In the course of their investigation, police discovered that McFarland driving on a suspended license and he was under the influence. He has been charged with DUI and a red-light infraction.
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If you have been charged with intoxicated driving it is in your best interest to contact a DUI attorney to help you with your case. When you have an advocate in court, it is possible to have the charges reduced to a lesser charge and keep the judge from handing down a harsh sentence.