Ambulance Driver Faces Charges

An ambulance driver is facing charges in Boyd County after police say he was transporting a patient while on drugs.

Ashland Police say Steven Ray Marcum ran two red lights in downtown Ashland while transporting a patient in a Jan Care Ambulance.

Police say Marcum failed the field sobriety test and was blood tested for drugs before going to jail.

Marcum's patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to a Huntington nursing home.

Police say their big concern here is the safety of the transported patient and the general public.

They say a DUI does not have to be alcohol related.

Marcum faces a misdemeanor DUI charge with a maximum penalty of 500 dollars and 30 days in jail.

Officials with Jan Care say Marcum is now suspended without pay during the internal investigation.


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  • by Dave Location: Mousie, Ky on Oct 10, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Whats the name of the ambulance service? OXY-CARE OR CANNABIS CARE? oR mAYBE "SMOKIN PATIENTS"
  • by Concerned Location: Paramedic on Oct 10, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    First off Chad, you need to learn how to SPELL. We do not have to keep up "are" license; we have to keep up, "our" license. Secondly, the problem is that people only see us at ambulance drivers, for the most part most people that drive an ambulance only want to drive. Thirdly, Mr. Magic, as he is known to most of the ems world, is not a paramedic, nor is he and EMT, he is a CPR driver in the state of West Virginia. If the news is to get anything correct I wish that is what they would get correct. Furthermore events like this one aid in the disrespect of our kind by the public. Why would I want my family being transported by a bunch of dope heads like there are at certain companies?
  • by Chad Location: Salyersville on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:13 PM
    You should stop insulting the EMS workers by calling us "Ambulance Drivers". We don't go to classes/college to learn how to work on an ambulance to be insulted like this. You should do your research and learn that we are, EMT's and Paramedic's. By calling us ambulance drivers, that denotes that we don't have an education and can't do anything but drive an ambulance. That is so not the case, we can do as much or more than your average RN, and we have to keep up are license with alot of classes over the course of every 2 years. If you were to have a heart attack, would you want a "Ambulance Driver" or and EMT/Paramedic who can save your life, give you the medicine need to keep you heart going and breath for you. You really should do some research and stop insulting the EMS profession.

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