For an ambulance driver, responding to a call may have yielded him more trouble than he expected to find. The New Jersey man ended up being charged with DWI after responding to a medical call. The driver was with the Hackettstown First Aid & Rescue Squad.
According to reports, the ambulance was responding to a medical call when a police officer reportedly saw the ambulance drive past the place where he was supposed to stop. The report then states that when the ambulance found the correct location, the driver entered the wrong way. Police reportedly then smelled alcohol on the ambulance driver.
The driver refused to take a field sobriety test. According to the police, he was brought into the station, where he was charged with DWI. The man is also facing charges of careless driving and DWI in a school zone. There is a court appearance pending for the driver.
While this driver is innocent unless or until he is proven guilty, he may face some serious consequences for the incident. In New Jersey, a DWI can mean jail time, hefty fines and the loss of an individual's license. For the ambulance driver, the loss of license may certainly affect his employment and may possibly affect his reputation and chances at finding employment elsewhere. His case may also be impacted by any past infractions he may have had pertaining to alcohol offenses. Anyone arrested for DWI in New Jersey should know their rights and know what evidence or past issues may be used against them in a criminal court.
Source: nj.com, "Ambulance driver charged with driving while intoxicated in Hackettstown," Todd Petty, Feb. 21, 2013