LOWELL, Mass. -- A uniformed off-duty paramedic charged last December with drunken driving is facing an additional charge of possession of heroin that was allegedly found in his car.
Evan P. Kilbride, 32, of 127 Beacon St., Lowell, was in Lowell District Court yesterday for a pretrial conference on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, operating to endanger, marked-lanes violations, and unlawful possession of a Cambridge police badge found in his glove compartment.
He was also arraigned on a new charge of possession of a Class A drug, which is related to the drunken-driving case, according to prosecutors.
Kilbride is free on personal recognizance on both cases. He is scheduled to return to court March 8.
Kilbride has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to officials at Trinity EMS.
According to Dracut police, a driver called police at about 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report a driver who appeared to be sleeping in a stopped car in traffic on the Textile Memorial Bridge, according to reports.
The caller followed Kilbride as he woke up and continued to drive, allegedly serving off the road at 1269 Lakeview Ave. and into a parking lot, where he narrowly missed a utility pole, according to court records.
Kilbride was still wearing his Trinity paramedics uniform when police stopped his 1995 Toyota Corolla in a parking lot in front of 51 Frederick St.
In Kilbride's car, police allegedly found a variety of pills -- some with a prescription in his name and some without -- a plastic bag that appeared to contain a "white powder" drug, and drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use, including syringes, cotton swabs and a rubber strip to "tie off" a drug user's arm, according to police reports.
Police arrested him shortly after but declined to give him a sobriety test for safety reasons because he was too unsteady on his feet, according to police reports.
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