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Siletz firefighter arrested for DUI with a fire truck at 3 in the morning. Fire Chief says it was a pick-up, not a “Fire Truck.” (So not a Fire Engine, either)


Toledo/Siletz Police

A Toledo/Siletz police officer arrested a Siletz volunteer firefighter early Saturday morning on suspicion of being drunk behind the wheel of a fire truck.

Exact quote from the TPD News Release: “On 07/28/2012 at approximately 303AM Officer Aaron Pitcher was on patrol in the City of Siletz when he encountered a City of Siletz Fire Truck driving very slowly on Emerald Street.”

The officer said said he was on patrol at 3am Saturday when he encountered a Siletz fire truck in the middle of Emerald Street near Siletz River Drive. The officer said the fire truck stopped and then its lights were turned off. The officer had not heard any 9-1-1 dispatch radio calls for emergency vehicles to respond to an incident, so he wondered what was going on.

The officer said he parked near the fire truck, got out, and upon contact the driver, Robert Learn, 38, determined that Learn had likely been consuming alcoholic beverages prior to driving.

The officer said he tried to get Learn to perform a sobriety test but was met with verbal abuse and that Learn became combative. Learn was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for Drunk Driving and Resisting Arrest and given a citation for Refusing a Breath Test. Jail officials did manage to obtain a blood draw.

Meanwhile, back in Siletz, the vehicle was turned back over to the fire department.

A News Release just issued by Siletz Valley Rural Fire Protection District:

From: Siletz Valley Fire District
Regarding: Siletz Firefighter

On Saturday morning around 3:00 AM Mr. Robert Learn a Siletz Fire District volunteer was arrested under suspicion of, Driving Under the Influence while driving a district pickup truck. Mr. Learn is presently on leave until the Siletz Fire District completes its investigation after gathering all the facts.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Dave Lapof, Fire Chief

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