Suspected DUI Driver Slams Into SJ Firetruck

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    San Jose police arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the  influence after he plowed his car into a fire engine that was leaving the  scene of a one-alarm house fire that was controlled  Sunday morning, a  San Jose fire captain said.

        Two firefighters were reversing a small brush control engine,  primarily used for battling wildfires, onto Mabury Road from High Glen Drive  when a man driving at a high rate of speed crashed a sport coupe into the  back of the engine, launching the car about 15 to 20 feet, San Jose fire  Capt. Rob Brown said.     The driver, a man in his early 20s who appeared intoxicated,  navigated around two cars that were stopped while a fire captain was  directing traffic on the closed road around 12:30 a.m., Brown said.
        The firefighters and the driver did not suffer any injuries, but  both vehicles sustained damage, he said.
        Twenty-three firefighters and two battalion chiefs were at the  scene, where minutes earlier they controlled a fire that started in a wall of  an upstairs bedroom in a two-story house, Brown said.
        The fire was reported just before midnight, and it caused about  $5,000 to $10,000 in damage to the house, he said.
        No occupants were in the home when the fire started and no one was  injured while battling the blaze. Its cause is under investigation.
        Brown said the unexpected crash following the fire "shows we can  never can let our guard down."
        "Certainly we worry about safety during the fire, but you can't  forget that something that's more dangerous can happen after it's out," he  said.