Most states have what are known as Good Samaritan laws to protect those that try to help in emergencies from being sued if something goes wrong. For instance, someone requires CPR and in the course of administering it, a rib is broken. The person who performed CPR cannot be held liable for that injury. The law doesn’t want to discourage people from trying to help others. Except sometimes, they end up doing exactly that.
When Tequila Isaacson saw a truck burning at a Washington State Department of Transportation restroom stop and learned there was a boy trapped inside, she acted quickly. It turns out those actions may lead to charges of burglary.
Isaacson said the fire was out of control and the boy’s parents had been desperately trying to get him out.
“We turned around and the whole vehicle was on fire. There were flames shooting between the cab and the bed of the truck – taller than the truck.”
Another bystander was calling 911 but the trapped boy didn’t have much time. Isaacson said it was then that she saw a fire extinguisher in a nearby coffee shop which was closed.
“I ran back around from where the glass door was, and I pulled a post out of the bed of my truck and hit the door to get to the fire extinguisher.” She ultimately was able to save the little boy’s life. When fire and police showed up she openly admitted to breaking the glass in order to help the child. She was naturally stunned when a State Trooper said she might face charges.
“He was telling me that using a fire extinguisher that doesn’t belong to me is theft, and you’re not allowed to steal it, no matter how good your intentions. He outright stated that unless I was willing to pay for it right then and there, he would be charging me with burglary.”
The Washington State Patrol has confirmed the discussion and that it was looking into Isaacson’s actions. They further stated that they are grateful for her actions to help the boy and as of now, no charges have been filed.
Isaacson’s confessed her biggest fear was the truck exploding with the little boy inside and that she acted to stop that from happening. She is understandably frustrated with the situation;
“I’m in absolute shock. Talk about no good deed goes unpunished.”
Source: World Net Daily