Volunteer firefighter charged with DUI after flipping fire truck in Anderson Co.


John Russel Hendrix Jr. has been charged with DUI after flipping a Starr Fire Department truck Monday. (Anderson County Detention Center)

STARR, S.C. (WSPA) – A volunteer firefighter has been charged with DUI after a crash involving a fire truck on Monday.

The crash happened at about 7:23 p.m. on 1st Avenue near Roundtree Lane in Starr, according to SCHP. John Russel Hendrix Jr. was driving the Starr Fire Department truck on 1st Avenue when he ran off the right side of the road, hit a culvert and went through a highway sign before flipping.

Neighbors 7 News spoke to say people speed down First Avenue all the time.

“That’s because they don’t care,” said Johnny Marrero. “And they’ll be running through here 50/60 miles instead of 35/40. And they’re hauling through these curves and turns when it’s unnecessary. They’re drinking too and there’s never a cop around here.”

Marrero lives in the area. He said it’s getting to be too much of an issue.J

“They run over the signs that they just put up here,” Marrero said. “Nobody has respect or anything.”

Troopers said Hendrix was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is now being held at the Anderson County Detention Center, charged with DUI.

There was also a passenger in the firetruck as well. They were not hurt.

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