PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A 25-year-old man was arrested after stealing a fire engine Friday evening.
Portland police responded to the 1500 block of Northeast Broadway on a report that a Portland Fire and Rescue engine had been stolen around 4:48 p.m.
The Portland Fire and Rescue said their engine had responded to a fire alarm activation in the area of Northeast 15th and Broadway. While searching the building in that area their fire engine was taken by a person being held by Portland police.
Officers searched the area and were able to locate the engine near North Greeley Avenue and North Going Street.
Officers said they stopped the engine and took Brandon Vandewalker into custody. Vandewalker was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail and is facing one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated theft in the first degree.
The northbound lanes of North Greeley Avenue near North Going Street were temporarily closed.
Officials have not commented on how the suspect was able to steal the fire truck.
Fire Chief Sara Boone released a statement saying:
I am relieved to know that no one was injured in the dangerous situation that unfolded in North Portland. I would like to thank the firefighters from Engine Three for their quick action and the Portland police officers for their quick response and closure to this. We will allow the investigators to complete their job before commenting any further on what exactly happened; but I want the public to know that we do not take the theft and reckless operation of the cities emergency response apparatus lightly. We will review our internal policies to prevent this from happening in the future.
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