Firefighter handcuffed pushing trooper at I-83 crash


YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A firefighter was taken to the ground and handcuffed after he pushed a state trooper at the scene of a crash and overdose along Interstate 83, police said.

State police in York said troopers dispatched to the single-vehicle crash near the Queen Street exit Sunday evening saw that the driver was showing signs of an overdose and unable to open the doors.

The troopers broke out a passenger side window and administered naloxone to the man.

When members of a York Township fire company arrived on the scene, one of the firefighters became upset that troopers were breaking the glass and began yelling. A trooper ordered the firefighter to leave the scene but he refused, police said in a news release.

The trooper was attempting to escort the firefighter away when the firefighter pushed the trooper. The firefighter was then taken to the ground and handcuffed, police said.

The firefighter was released from custody at the scene. The news release did not identify him due to the ongoing investigation. No charges were filed.

In a statement, Goodwill Fire Company said the troopers were using different methods of passenger compartment access than typically used by fire service personnel. The rescue lieutenant asked the trooper to stop breaking glass until the occupants were covered with blankets for protection.

911 dispatchers had reported three people were trapped in the car, including two children, the company said.

The trooper responded by pushing the lieutenant and demanding that fire personnel leave the scene. The rescue lieutenant defended the push, was tackled by the trooper, and handcuffed, the fire company said in the statement.

At the same time, other firefighters and EMS personnel tended to the patients and were not challenged, according to the statement.

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