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April 11, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
A call came over the scanner. The dispatcher was calling for sheriff’s deputies to assist a fire truck that was being followed by six vehicles.
My first thought was “They call us ambulance chasers!”
Seriously, tailgating an ambulance or fire truck is not a swift idea. Statute 169.40 prohibits following fire trucks any closer than 500 feet and statute 169.18 includes any “authorized emergency vehicle”.
“Each of these are petty misdemeanors and punishable by fines. According to our latest bail book, the fine would be $135,” said Blue Earth Chief of Police Dean Vereide.
Unless you’re helping out at the emergency, stay away and let the first responders do their jobs, otherwise your curiosity could cost you a wad of cash — and nobody needs to be losing any money these days.
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