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West Middlesex firefighter charged with stealing and crashing fire truck

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A volunteer firefighter in West MIddlesex faces several charges after allegedly stealing a fire department truck and crashing it in Farrell.

The charges against Curtis Cottrill include DUI and possession of crack cocaine. 

The damaged truck is not a fire engine, but a Ford F-550 support vehicle that police say was taken from the West Middlesex Fire Department by Cottrill for reasons unknown.  

After leaving the fire station, police say he drove from West MIddlesex into Farrell and Sharon.

It wasn't until police received a report that a truck had struck a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Indiana Avenue in Farrell that they knew the truck had been taken.  

The truck left the scene of the accident but finally became disabled at the intersection of South Dock and Budd Street in Sharon.

That's where Cottrill was arrested after failing three field sobriety tests.

Shenango Township police say he's actually facing charges in three jurisdictions.

"We have the stolen truck and driving without a license.  Farrell has multiple traffic citations for leaving the scene.  And Sharon has driving while intoxicated,"  said Shenango Township officer Jonathan DeCarmen. 

According to a Sharon police report,  two small bags of crack cocaine were found in Cottrill's wallet during processing at the police station.  Authorities say all of the charges were still being sorted out.

"It's going to be a little bit complicated and take some time to put together because we are dealing with three judges and three municipalities.  I think each jurisdiction are going to have their own preliminary hearings," Shenango Township Police Chief Jason Newton said.

The damaged truck had to be taken out of service. 

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