UPDATE: Russellville EMT arrested on the job, charged with public intoxication
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Details continue to emerge about a Franklin County EMT arrested while on duty earlier this week.
Police say she was intoxicated, while her attorney contends the EMT was suffering a diabetic emergency of her own.
According to Russellville Police, they received a call from fire fighters working a medical call that an EMT with Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service was acting suspicious while on a call.
Police Chief Chris Hargett says patrol officers met the ambulance crew at Russellville Hospital to check on the EMT.
Billy Underwood is an attorney representing 38-year-old Gina Carol Jones.
“My client actually put the woman’s gown on her just before she was admitted to Russellville Hospital, they were headed to leave and she was arrested,” explained Underwood.
Russellville Police say they arrested Jones after she failed a field sobriety test at the hospital.
According to authorities, she appeared to be under the influence of narcotics at the time, charging her with public intoxication and reckless endangerment.
Underwood said Jones was under medical distress herself, “She was in a diabetic, the beginning of a diabetic reaction because she had not received her insulin shot that morning.”
Investigators say Jones was given two blood sugar tests after her arrest, and both came back within normal limits.
Jones has been placed on leave from the Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service where she worked on a part-time basis.
Both charges are misdemeanors and punishable by fines and jail time.
Russellville Police are awaiting blood tests to return to determine what possible narcotics may have been in her system at the time of the arrest.