Volunteer Ambulance Driver Arrested for DUI - @ JEMS.com


Volunteer Ambulance Driver Arrested for DUI


 
 

Jacob Hancock | | Friday, January 4, 2008


PAYSON, Utah -- Police arrested a volunteer ambulance driver for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday morning after he responded to a call to transport a hospital patient to another medical facility, officials said.

The 44-year-old volunteer was serving as a backup driver from his home that morning when he heard a call for an additional driver, said Payson Fire Chief Scott Spencer.

"There were no patients on board though," said Spencer.

The volunteer had apparently been drinking at home before he left to pick up an ambulance and a two-man EMT crew late Friday night to take a patient from Payson's Mountain View Hospital to Provo's Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, officials said.

The driver, however, didn't get that far.

"He only drove (the ambulance) about four or five blocks," said Spencer. "When he got to the hospital where he was to (pick up the patient for) transport, he was stopped."

His ambulance crew was suspicious during the short ride, but a Payson police officer at the hospital initiated an investigation after apparently smelling alcohol on the man, Spencer said.

The man, a 16-year veteran volunteer for the department, submitted to a field sobriety test, including a Breathalyzer, Spencer said.

"They showed me the results," Spencer said. "It was a real disappointment, but I told them we had to treat him like anybody else."

Payson police said an initial test showed the man's blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. They handed the investigation over to the Utah County Sheriff's Office to avoid a conflict of interest.

Sheriff deputies arrested the driver and booked him into Utah County Jail on a probable cause statement for DUI at 1 a.m. Jail officials released him after he posted a $1,300 cash bail an hour and a half later. No charges have been filed.

The man was immediately suspended after his arrest while police investigated. On Wednesday, however, the man resigned from the department while conveying regret for the incident.

"He resigned and said he was really sorry," said Spencer.

The man apparently has no prior arrests or any history of DUI violations, according to jail and court records.

"It just frustrates me because he knows better," Spencer said. "He wanted to help out but made a poor decision." E-mail: jhancock@desnews.com


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Industry News, Legal and Ethical, Vehicle Operations

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Philadelphia Fire Department Apologizes for Medic’s Jab at Police

Union head calls photos a slap in the face of officers.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Crews Blame New Technology for Patient’s Death

Delayed response blamed on recurring dispatch problems.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Suspect Steals, Crashes Maryland Ambulance

One killed, others injured in Prince George’s County crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Tennessee Trench Rescue

Worker pulled from Roane County worksite.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Time’s Ebola Firefighters

Doctors, nurses and others saluted for fighting virus.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Strikes Manhattan Pedestrians

Seven people hurt when car jumps curb.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >