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Drunk drags firefighter

A suspected drunk driver is accused of injuring a firefighter in Vancouver's downtown eastside early Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were working on a blaze near Main and Hastings streets shortly after 1 a.m. this morning when a driver ran over a fire hose.

The hose was working and the firefighter wound up being dragged partway down the street after the hose became tangled up with the vehicle.  

The firefighter was injured in the incident.

"You'd think the emergency lights on a big vehicle would sometimes be enough to protect our guys working on the street," Battalion Chief Glen Livingstone said, “but in fact this driver went right through all that and still managed to get one of our guys."

Police say the driver, a Vancouver man in his 50s, is being investigated for impaired driving. He was given a three-day roadside prohibition a ticket and his vehicle was impounded.

Fire crews had to work around the suspect vehicle as they continued battling the blaze, which was the second to break out at the same building in less than 24 hours.



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