Saturday, 29. November 2014
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A drunken fireman has been sacked by his bosses in China after going for a spin in a brand new 500,000 GBP engine wearing slippers and his pyjamas.
Sozzled fireman Chen Huangxin, 32, got behind the wheel of the state-of-the-art machine after a night of heavy boozing in Yunlin county in south-eastern China.
He ended up crashing the vehicle and causing extensive damage. When he was pulled from the wreckage he was found to be three times over the drink-drive limit and said: "I am sorry. I just wanted to see green fields and trees."
In his one man destruction derby, Chen managed to smash into a lorry, knock down a pole carrying overhead electrical wires, hit several parked cars and then overturn the vehicle, smashing in the cab and injuring himself in the process.
The Finnish-made fire engine is now out of service until parts can be shipped from Europe. A spokesman for the fire service where Chen was employed said: "It is hard to think of anything worse he could have done. This engine was our pride and joy, the best in our fleet. And he managed to almost destroy it. He will never work again for us."
Chen is facing a plethora of charges that could see him jailed for up to two years. After his monster hangover left him he told local media: "I don't know what got into me. Normally I would never want to go driving when I have had so much to drink. But the urge was upon me and I couldn't stop myself.
"I realised I have brought disgrace upon me and the service I loved. I am truly sorry."
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