Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of drunken crash into St. Petersburg fire truck responding to 911 call

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man early this morning after they said he crashed into a fire truck that was responding to an early morning call.

Terry Robert McFarland Jr., 26, was drunk and driving on a suspended license, police said.

The St. Petersburg man was westbound on First Avenue N when he ran a red light at Eighth Street at about 2:20 a.m., striking a St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue truck.

The rescue truck, which had its sirens and lights on, rolled onto its left side. Two paramedics had to be extracted through the truck's front windshield, officials said. They were treated and released at a local hospital with minor injuries.

"They were shaken up," said Lt. Joel Granata, spokesman for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue.

Granata said the truck, worth about $40,000, is totalled.

McFarland was not injured, police said, but a man riding in his red 2006 Hyundai was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

McFarland had blood alcohol content level readings of 0.196 and 0.194, according to an arrest affidavit. He is in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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