09/15/13 161 W - + 4 - 0 Firefighters as Police Against Dangerous Drivers?

These stories have been making the rounds, about a recent decision by the North Carolina State of Appeals, about a case involving the encounter between an erratic (and as charged later, intoxicated) driver and a Chapel Hill fire engine. The details of the incident and the subsequent case are detailed in the links below. In the larger matter of "what are the rights of firefighters, when they intervene or outright attempt to apprehend dangerous drives," FireLaw blogger Curt Varone posts a host of intrigue questions on the matter, from "does a firefighter have the legal authority to use red lights and siren to stop a civilian vehicle?" to "can a firefighter be held liable to a third party killed or injured by a dangerous driver, if had the means to stop them but failed to stop the vehicle?"

Read about the case. Discuss as desired.

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