Crime

Woman accused of stealing fire truck during active structure fire in Central Kentucky

A woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly stole a volunteer firefighter’s truck while crews were responding to a structure fire, police say.

A volunteer firefighter allegedly tried to stop Jessica Clines, 39, during the fire on Corinth Hinton Road, but the woman struck him in the shoulder with the mirror of the truck while she was fleeing, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. The truck owner also tried to stop Clines but was unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said.

Firefighters followed the truck, and a member of the sheriff’s office stopped the truck in a driveway between Hinton Webber Road and Casey Mill Road, an arrest citation states. Clines did not follow verbal commands and grabbed the arresting officer’s wrist after being taken to the ground, the sheriff’s office said.

While Clines was being arrested, the officer’s taser accidentally discharged and struck the suspect’s jacket, but not her skin, court records show. Clines was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital to be treated, according to the sheriff’s office.

At the hospital, Clines asked to use the bathroom and attempted to flee on foot from a deputy, her arrest citation states. After she was medically cleared by the hospital she was taken to the sheriff’s office for processing, according to an arrest citation.

The sheriff’s office said the stolen truck was damaged on the front driver’s side during the theft.

Clines was charged with automobile theft, wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and driving on a suspended license. She was placed in the Bourbon County Detention Center.

Mike Stunson covers breaking news and real-time news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter.
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