GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. (WCCO) – A 25-year-old man from Gheen, Minn., is accused of driving drunk and stealing a fire truck, according to charges filed by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

Edward Leecy Merle was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and DWI.

At about 4 a.m. Saturday, the Greenwood Township Fire Department was returning to their hall after responding to a fire call and discovered that a truck that was inside the station had been stolen.

The truck was located a short time later by a St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputy traveling in the city of Cook. Police spotted Merle a short time later and arrested him. Authorities said additional charges are pending.

Comments (6)
  1. Fire Marshall Bill says:

    Really?? a DWI??? No way! I am shocked that there was drinking involved in this act!

  2. Iconoclast says:

    This really burns me up.

  3. huh?!?! says:

    how on earth does someone have access to a fire truck at 4 am?????

  4. Carl says:

    He always wanted to be a fireman And his wish came true

  5. Get your facts straight says:

    Is this the same Edward Leecy Merle that was deported from Alabama for Arson, child molestation, witness tampering, and liquor store robbery?