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Cop Cuffs Firefighter Trying To Help Accident Victims (VIDEO)

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A California cop is under investigation after he was allegedly caught in a local news video handcuffing an on-duty firefighter who was helping car accident victims.

CBS 8 reports that the incident occurred when Chula Vista Fire Department Engineer Jacob Gregoire, 36, refused to move his engine from the fast lane on I-805 between Telegraph Canyon Road and East Orange Avenue.

The station's camera appears to show an unnamed California Highway Patrol officer handcuffing Gregoire. He then detains Gregoire, a 12-year firefighting veteran, in the back of his police car while other firefighters continue to tend to accident victims.

Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told the San Diego Union Tribune that Gregoire was operating under standard procedure.

“I know clearing the freeway is a priority for the CHP,” Hanneman said. “Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our firefighters and patients.”

CHP is investigating the incident.

"I think a lot of this had to do with communication," Hanneman said.

Gregoire was released without charges, which, Gawker asserts was "probably a wise move on the highway patrol's part."

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