Mike Wilbur


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A New Hampshire man was arrested Saturday for briefly stealing a fire truck after crashing his car on Long Island, authorities said.

The 33-year-old man, Jaime Alexander Brayton, was driving on the Long Island Expressway around 6:30 p.m. when he crashed his car and multiple other vehicles, police said.

Highway patrol officers responded to the scene along with other police units and the Yaphank Fire Department to assist.

While the emergency responders were helping the victims, Brayton snuck into the driver’s seat of the fire fire truck. A police officer, Matthew Corchia, tried to stop him by reaching into the vehicle but Brayton drove off, injuring Corchia in the process, officials said.

Brayton fled westbound in the stolen truck for less than 10 minutes before he was stopped by Highway Patrol officers and arrested.

Both Brayton and Corchia were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. Brayton was treated for minor injuries as a result of the car crash while Corchia was treated for a minor injury to his shoulder from trying to stop Brayton.

Brayton was charged with grand larceny, assault and unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned once he released from the hospital.

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