As the old saying goes: where there's smoke, there's usually fire - even when a firefighter is involved.
Scott Bullene, a former firefighter for the Seattle Fire Department, faces road rage-related charges after allegedly accosting a cabdriver in Bellevue three days before last Christmas. According to the report, Bullene cut off a cab in traffic; and when he pulled his vehicle next to the taxi at an intersection, Bullene reportedly flipped off, spat at, and cussed at the cabbie. When the cabdriver got out of his taxi to take a picture of Bullene with a cell phone, Bullene reportedly pushed the cabbie, grabbed the phone, and fled in his car.
It's not the first time that Bullene has been accused of road rage. In June of 2010, Bullene was accused of following a car off of the freeway and throwing an object at it after he was allegedly cut off. Though Bullene admitted following the other vehicle, he denied throwing anything and was never charged.
Then in February of 2012, police were called to another scene where Bullene and his girlfriend had stopped next to a Jeep. Bullene claimed that the Jeep had previously cut him off in traffic twice; and when the other driver walked toward the back of his Jeep to get a pipe, Bullene allegedly pushed him and claimed to have a gun. The man's wife called police, Bullene wound up apologizing to the other driver, and no charges were filed.
Bullene was fired from his firefighter job after he and two others were accused of assaulting some homeless people sleeping on a firefighters' memorial in March of last year. The three were eventually acquitted of the crime, and Bullene was driving to an arbitration hearing this week to appeal his termination from the department when he was arrested for the December incident.