Police in Lowell got thrown for a loop Wednesday night after their neighbors to the north, the Pelham, N.H. police department, called to report a 1984 Chevy Impala with Lowell Fire Department markings and a Massachusetts fire license plate was being driven erratically around an auto shop’s lot.
Lowell Police reacted, putting out a “be on the lookout for” notice, and rumors started that a fire department car had been stolen. It turned out, however, that the fire department had sent the old, decommissioned fire car to the auto shop to be painted for possible loaner use in a movie being filmed in the area, according to a Lowell police officer.
Apparently, the auto shop decided to have some fun with the car and took it for a spin around their lot, catching the eyes of the local cops.
No charges were filed, but a police source said the fire department will take their paint business elsewhere.