A former Town of Hale firefighter from rural Independence is being held in the Trempealeau County Jail in connection with the fire truck police say he stole from his old employer. It's since been returned without any damage to the fire station which is near Osseo.
The 18-year old man is suspected of taking the truck and driving under the influence. Officers say the truck was reported stolen from the Hale department of Pleasantville just before 7 Monday morning.
Later, the Fire Chief told Sheriff's Deputies it had been spotted in Eau Claire.
As officers were making their way to the department, the Chief told the Sheriff's Department that the truck had been returned, and the suspect was at the station.
The man left for his home, where he was eventually arrested.
No formal charges have been filed against the teenager.