Man pleads guilty to drunken joy ride in fire station vehicle
A man accused of taking a Bristol Fire Department special hazards vehicle on a drunken joy ride in July of 2011 has pleaded guilty to charges.
During the pleasure cruise, Clayton Hardon, 24, crashed the fire department vehicle at the intersection of Woodlawn and Anthony Ave. resulting in the vehicle turning over on its roof.
On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving, DUI first offense, leaving the scene of an accident and driving a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
He was sentenced to a three year suspended sentence and a five year deferred sentence to run consecutively. In addition he will have to serve 500 hours of community service and pay $110,000 in restitution.
Hardon was a member of the Dreadnaught Hook Ladder & Hose Company in Bristol when the incident took place.