Ambulance driver allegedly takes sleep medication hours before roll-over crash

Published: Jul. 10, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT
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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A medical transport early Saturday morning ended with the driver of an ambulance in handcuffs and in the back of a law enforcement cruiser.

The Boyd County Sheriff’s Office says a NetCare ambulance rolled in a single-vehicle accident along U.S. 23 near the Lawrence County line around 2 a.m. Saturday.

The driver, patient and a caregiver in the back were unharmed in the incident.

Initially, the driver told officers a deer ran out in front of the vehicle, but deputies say the story kept changing.

According to the citation, Patrick Todd Jarrell, 38, was behind the wheel.

Those documents say Jarrell told deputies he took several sleeping pills about four hours before being dispatched to take a transport run.

The citation says Jarrell stated he tried to refuse taking the transport call, because he didn’t believe he should be driving-- however, he stated he was told by a dispatcher he had to take the transport.

Officials conducted a field sobriety test and arrested the driver under suspicion of DUI.

The Boyd County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Patrick Todd Jarrell, could be facing additional charges once the investigation is complete.

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