Firefighter arrested at accident files claim against CHP

Firefighter arrested at accident files claim against CHP

CHULA VISTA — A Chula Vista firefighter arrested while trying to aid victims at a freeway accident has filed a legal claim against the California Highway Patrol.

Engineer Jacob Gregoire was handcuffed and placed in the rear seat of a CHP cruiser after he refused to move his fire truck, which was parked in the center divider of Interstate 805 on the night of Feb. 4. The truck was partially blocking the lane closest to the divider to protect ambulance crews working to aid two people injured when a Mustang hit a cement barrier and rolled over, according to Chula Vista Fire Department officials.

Gregoire was later released, and no charges were filed.

The claim against the CHP filed by Gregoire alleges that the arrest was illegal and obstructed Gregoire and other emergency responders from caring for the accident victims. It accuses the arresting CHP officer of arrogance, bullying and…

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