Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing, Crashing Bristol Fire Truck

A Pennsylvania man was arrested following a Bristol Special Hazards fire truck crash.

Bristol Police have charged one man in relation to the that occurred early on Saturday morning.

Clayton Hardon, of Devon, Penn. was arrested after he allegedly stole a Bristol Fire Department Special Hazards truck. Police say Hardon allegedly crashed the truck at the intersection of Woodlawn and Anthony Avenues where it then rolled over onto it's roof.

Hardon is being charged with driving under the influence, refusing a chemical test, larceny of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and other motor vehicle violations. Police say that Hardon is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital for injuries sustained from the crash and he will be arraigned at the Bristol Police Department Headquarters upon his release.

Jim Riding February 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM
First off we have a great fire dept-no question. There really is no "on duty" or "off duty" for the volunteers- they're pretty much on call whenever they're available to respond to an emergency. I don't believe that fire trucks have keys- can't take a chance of losing them I suppose. It's a shame that this person made bad choices that resulted in this-it's also a shame that the taxpayers will have to foot the bill for his stupidity. I really think the fire chief, police chief or the town administrator owes us an explanation.
Jack Baillargeron February 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Surprisingly the Due Is still pending in our court system as well as the three fenony charges also. Don't see what kind of an explaination they can give Jim, as nothing has been done legal wise yet, which they have no control over. As for the act itself, there are allways bad pples everywhere an o way to prevent a guy like this from doing what he did, as you mentioned there are no keys, and if there are, he would have had access in anycase. Im just glad the only one hurt was him. here i current felony case. Case ID: 62-2011-09759 Docket Search Start Date: Docket Search Ending Date: Case Description Case ID: 62-2011-09759 - CLAYTON HARDON Court : (DC) District Court Location : (6D) 6th District Court Filing Date: Saturday , July 16th, 2011 Type: F - FELONY Status: none Balance Due: $0.00
Ray Andrews February 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
It would seem that having a minimum of two people in the station at all times would be a good way to prevent somebody from doing something like this. A simple and inexpensive security camera system would probably help as well, it might have been able to capture what was actually happening at the time the truck was taken.
Jack Baillargeron February 14, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I believe ray the the station has a few people there at all times, whether that was the case I do not know. Also do not remember exactly how this theft transpired that night.
DownTown February 14, 2012 at 02:39 AM
His family hired Harwood which is why this is still in District court. unresolved. He has four charges, DUI 1st offense a misdemeanor, Larceny over $500 a felony, Reckless driving also a felony & property damage at the scene of the accident, again a felony. Harwood will keep delaying till he gets him before a judge/friend that owes him a favor and he'll plea it down to a single charge so it can be wiped out at a later date. There will be probation with restitution but when the probation runs out the restitution order will be left to wilt on the tree. It should be changed to a civil case but RI Courts are too screwed up to handle that. Unless the Bristol PD wants blood on this that's the way it'll play out. If his parents can afford Harwood then they can pay for the truck to be replaced. It looks like his Father is a Doctor from a bit of searching I did. Frankly from the towns point of view, aside from this person being barred from the Fire Department getting the truck paid for is the most important thing. If they've already made an insurance claim against Hardons auto insurer maybe that's been satisfied. I'd think a station that large has several rooms with beds so volunteers who want to stay there can. Most larger Fire stations I've been in have beds all over the place Isn't it great to have RWU in town? They just keep giving and giving.


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