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CBS News 8 Exclusive: CHP officer who handcuffed firefighter identified

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – We now know the identity of the California Highway Patrol officer who handcuffed a Chula Vista firefighter along a local freeway. It's an officer who's no stranger to CBS News 8 cameras.

Twelve-year veteran firefighter Jacob Gregoire was taken into custody when he refused the officer's request to move his fire engine out of lanes at a crash scene in the South Bay.

We've spoken to 19-year department veteran Officer Sergio Flores many times, but it was earlier this month when he found himself thrust into the national spotlight after he handcuffed and detained Gregoire at the scene of a traffic accident that left two people injured.

Gregoire refused to move an engine that had been parked behind an ambulance in the fast lane of Interstate 805 near east Naples Drive. The firefighter – who wanted to check with his captain – suddenly found himself cuffed and hauled off to a patrol car where he sat for about 20 minutes before being released by Officer Flores.

A longtime South Bay firefighter, who wanted his identity and voice concealed, says he's been on many scenes with Officer Flores, with mostly favorable results. However, there was a recent call where he says there were tensions.

"We had an incident with him before where there was a little confusion on what was going on. This is where the communication between the agencies would help, understanding their policies and our policies for transporting somebody that's under arrest that needs medical attention," the firefighter said.

Since this story broke, we've heard from several law enforcement sources who say that Officer Flores does not have a quick temper. In fact, they tell us he's been honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts to keep our roads safe. But they do wonder why the CHP has remained virtually silent about this incident, which in their minds is giving the agency a public black eye.

CHP officials won't speak on camera about what happened. Off camera, they told us, "The incident is still under review. We are not commenting any further."

The firefighter we spoke to is hoping the video will serve as a training tool to avoid something like this from ever happening again.

"Everybody has bad days. Let's learn from it and move on," he said.

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