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Normally, I stay away from alcohol-involved driving arrests of off-duty firefighters, but these two recent incidents are a bit more than your average DUI arrests.
One involves a Boston Fire Department firefighter who was arrested hours before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. The other involves a 34-year-old who was still in recruit school with Maryland’s Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Police say both men rammed state police cars with their own vehicles.
First up is the arrest last Thursday night of Sean Ingram on I-93 in Massachusetts. Police say Ingram was driving home drunk from a Boston Bruins game. If you already heard about Ingram’s arrest, it’s likely you noticed that police reports indicate Ingram called Massachusetts State Police “Nazis”.
State Police pulled Ingram over I-93 after receiving a report of a hit-and-run crash and a description of his vehicle, according to police reports. Ingram told police he had attended the Boston Bruins game, and a trooper directed him to pull off the highway, onto Gallivan Boulevard, and to stop in front of a Walgreens. Ingram asked if that was necessary, stating that he was a Boston firefighter, according to police reports.
On Gallivan Boulevard, after the police cruiser had stopped behind Ingram’s Hyundai, the car went into reverse, accelerated, and struck the front of the cruiser, according to a police report.
Ingram, according to police reports, acted belligerently , swearing at troopers and calling them “Nazis” and “scumbags.”
When a trooper tried to handcuff Ingram, he thrashed about in an attempt to get away, according to police reports.
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In Maryland, the news came out last week about the St. Patrick’s Day weekend wild arrest of Devin Robinson. Robinson, who has since been fired, was reported to be traveling 126 mph on I-270:
The trooper, who was parked at the time, attempted to catch the Hyundai, but simply could not. Moments later, the Hyundai slammed into the back of a different Maryland State Police cruiser at around 80 miles per hour. Investigators believe the cruiser was going around 60 miles per hour at the time it was hit. Both vehicles were left wrecked in the dimly lit travel lanes near Route 117 in Gaithersburg – a terribly dangerous situation for any motorist to be in.
According to state troopers, Robinson was behind the wheel of the Hyundai with an “overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverage” on his breath. Quite remarkably, both he and the state trooper were uninjured from the crash. When asked why he had been driving at such a high rate of speed, Robinson allegedly denied ever traveling above the speed limit.
After an ambulance ride to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, events turned more bizarre, according to the allegations against Robinson.
Robinson hopped on a hospital check-in counter and sat on it as he called his wife, according to the affidavit, signed by Trooper Joshua Quase and filed in Montgomery District Court. Robinson yelled at the trooper and gave him a chest bump before two troopers placed him under arrest, the court records allege. Robinson was cited for driving under the influence, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other counts.