Ambulance Driver Charged With DUI

11 10 2007

Posted on Wed, Oct. 10, 2007

Ambulance Driver Charged With DUI

The Associated Press

ASHLAND, Ky. – A West Virginia ambulance driver has been charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances after he ran two red lights with a patient in the back, Ashland police said.

Steven Ray Marcum of Mingo County, W.Va., was transporting a patient Tuesday for Jan Care Ambulance Inc., a regional service, when he ran the traffic lights, said Ashland police Capt. Todd Kelley.

The lights and sirens of the ambulance weren’t on, tipping police officer Bill Lucas that something was wrong, Kelley said.

“With this guy, it was obvious,” Kelley said.

Marcum failed a field sobriety test and was blood-tested for drugs before going to jail at the Boyd County Detention Center, Kelley said. Marcum was released Tuesday night after posting a $750 bond, a spokeswoman at the detention center said Wednesday.

Directory assistance did not have a listing for Marcum.

Jan Care Vice President J. Todd Cornett said Marcum tested “negative on a pre-hire drug screen five weeks ago and a post incidence urine drug screen.

“Results are pending from the police ordered blood test and the independent test we ordered,” Cornett said in a statement released Wednesday.

The Beckley, W.Va.-based company is assisting in the investigation, he said.

Marcum was transporting a patient from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. The patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to a Huntington, W.Va., nursing home. There was also another EMT in the ambulance, Kelley said.


Information from: The Independent,

Oh my God. There was another EMT! was he drunk too? at least they could have used the sirens. But this is probably better than an accident.




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