In Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, a truck driver, Devon Brandon, a 36-year-old man from Brooklyn, barreled through 7 cars injuring several people. Then, when help arrived the truck driver attacked a firefighter and tried to steal a firetruck.
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After crashing into a row of cars, Brandon “decided it was a good idea to climb into a fire truck with a driver inside,” according to an FDNY spokesperson. “He assaulted the firefighter, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, and firefighters and police officers subdued the guy,” the Gothamist reported.
Just before 2 p.m. at 10th Avenue and 44th Street, Brandon smashed through 7 cars. Nine people, including the firefighter, were injured. Four people are in serious condition.
Video footage of this accident shows the truck driver jumping into the firetruck and moments later he begins to attack the firefighter sitting in the driver’s seat.
The firefighters around the truck quickly intervened and ripped Brandon from the truck. Once held against a car, Brandon began yelling that he needed help. He repeatedly shouted, “Help me” as the firefighters were trying to calm him down.
…It took almost 10 firemen to pull him out and hold him down pic.twitter.com/tOQa6bLoFL
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The driver was taken into custody and charged with reckless endangerment, DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance, refusal to take a breathalyzer test, and assault.
Brandon is currently on parole for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm, according to ABC 7.
The investigation is ongoing.