A late night joy ride in a fire truck has resulted in the arrest of a volunteer firefighter in Hamilton, VA.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, on March 5, 2011 shortly after 2:00 AM, 27-year-old Sean Richard Swanson, a volunteer firefighter with Co. 5 in Hamilton, was driving the company’s 1989 Pierce Lance pumper truck eastbound on Harmony Church Rd (Rt 704) near Canby Rd (Rt 662) at a high rate of speed. As the Sheriff’s Deputy was heading toward the truck he was forced to veer into the ditch to avoid a collision. The deputy turned around and stopped the vehicle at Woodburn Rd (Rt 769).
Swanson was given a series of field sobriety tests and then placed under arrest. He was transported to the Loudoun Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. Later in the afternoon he was released on his own recognizance.
There were four additional passengers in the fire truck, all of them identified as volunteers within the Loudoun Co. Fire-Rescue system. All four had been drinking. They were released to a sober driver. The truck was released to a supervisor from the fire company.
The incident remains under investigation. Deputies will consult with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to consider any additional charges.