Next up in the news is an article our of Firehouse.com on a Chicago ambulance driver charged with DUI following an accident where his unit collided with a pickup in an intersection while responding to a call, running lights and sirens. According to the article, the driver, one John P. Lara, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, along with several other charges.
Driver Exceeded 3 Times Legal DUI Limit
Mr. Lara was alone in the ambulance and didn’t have a partner with him which was unusual. Police and paramedics on the scene noted a strong odor of alcohol on his breath in reports from the scene. He later was tested at the hospital and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .271 which is more than three times the legal limit.
The private ambulance company involved, Care 1 Ambulance, didn’t comment on the incident and there is still some question about why the driver was alone in the ambulance without a partner when the accident happened. Lara stated on the scene that he was on the way to the hospital to pick up a patient for transfer.
Seriously, people, we need to be appropriately managing our alcohol intake when preparing to go to work. I know this sounds like something very unusual and it is but when a situation like this happens, it makes us all look bad. Make sure you are acting appropriately when you are driving and don’t drive when you know you’re impaired. We see too much distraction from drunk drivers to contribute to the problem ourselves.
Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Croup and Epiglottitis in EMS Field and Episode 369.