Northwest New Jersey ambulance driver arrested for Drunk Driving
According to police reports, a driver of a Northwest New Jersey volunteer ambulance was arrested by police after he responded to an emergency call while drunk. The incident took place on Wednesday night.
According to Hackettstown Police Sgt. Darren Tynan, 39-year-old James Rigney Jr. drove to an emergency call around 9 p.m. with a blood alcohol content of .08. He is a member of the all-volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad in the small town of Hackettstown in Warren County, New Jersey.
Tynan said that an officer at the scene “noticed that the ambulance drove past where the medical call was, the ambulance then turned around at some point and then entered the wrong way into the complex.”
Officer on scene further added that he detected an odor of alcohol on Rigney’s breath. When he was asked for field sobriety testing, Rigney refused to perform a field sobriety test. His eyes were giving the clue that he was under the influence.
Tynan told that Rigney was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone and careless driving.
The emergency squad where Rigney works is also investigating the incident but no decision has been made yet.