Lawyer: Ego is reason officer handcuffed San Diego firefighter

SAN DIEGO - An attorney representing a San Diego area firefighter who he claims was unjustly handcuffed said Tuesday that a lawsuit could be filed.

In an interview with Scripps station 10News, Dan Gilleon said firefighter Jake Gregoire was wrongfully handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer in February. Gilleon said they've filed a lawsuit against the CHP and state, and a lawsuit could move forward if the claim isn't settled.

Gregoire was handcuffed by CHP officer Sergio Flores after both departments responded to a crash scene on Interstate 805 where a Ford Mustang overturned. The two apparently fought over where to park a fire engine.

Gilleon said Gregoire, as a firefighter, had command at the crash scene citing the Incident Command System.

"My firefighter had command at that point because there were sick and injured," Gilleon said. "In my opinion, it all has to do with ego."

Gilleon said his client wants to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

"We want the CHP to acknowledge that firefighters are in command," he said. "If they don't want to take that settlement, this claim will be litigated in court."

Gilleon claims he has proof that the same CHP officer was involved in a 2010 incident where he threatened to arrest another firefighter.

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