Yancey County Man Stole a Fire Truck

Mitchell County Deputies have arrested a Yancey County man who stole a fire truck. 19 year old Matthew Ernest Miller of Burnsville faces misdemeanor and felony charges. Mitchell county Deputies, on Monday, responded to Parkway Fire Station 21 on Altapass Road. Parkway Firefighter Kevin Hughes called and advised that the station was missing a ladder truck.  Before deputies could arrive Hughes heard the sound of a siren coming down Humpback Mountain Road. Miller came down the road driving the ladder truck with lights and siren on and told officials he was a volunteer firefighter from Burnsville and that he took the ladder truck up to PRC because of a fire alarm.  The plant managers from PRC confirmed that Miller was an employee of PRC and had left work sick. Arrest warrants were issued on Miller for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony operation of red lights and siren, and impersonating a fireman. Miller is being held on a $11,000.00 secured bond.

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