YCMTSU Kentucky EMT Sues Deputy Sheriff Over Ambulance Traffic Stop

A Kentucky EMT who was stopped by a special deputy sheriff while transporting a patient earlier this month, has filed a suit against the officer. And if that sounds strange, just wait until you hear the rest of the details about this case.

Jason Crigger, who works as an EMT for Arrow-Med Ambulance, Inc., filed suit in Breathitt County Circuit Court against Breathitt County Special Deputy Steve McIntosh, accusing the deputy of stopping his ambulance for no valid reason and harassing the crew. The crew was transporting a dialysis patient at the time.

According to WKYT, Deputy McIntosh denies any wrongdoing and claims that Crigger’s lawsuit was filed in retaliation for a lawsuit McIntosh filed against Arrow-Med last year. In that suit, McIntosh accused Arrow-Med of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The suit was filed under the False Claims Act, which allows a party reporting fraud against the federal government to recover substantial compensation. SUBSTANTIAL. Here is more on that suit.

So let’s get to the even stranger aspect of this case. Besides being a Special Deputy, McIntosh owns his own ambulance company, McIntosh Ambulance, Inc. McIntosh and Arrow-Med are competitors in Breathitt County.

And if that is not enough strangeness for one story, McIntosh is also a city councilman in Jackson, Kentucky.

WKYT quoted the owner of Arrow-Med, Jay Arrowood, as saying:

  • “They need to jerk this guy’s badge.”
  • “Mr. McIntosh needs to work on improving his own service versus trying to put our service out of business.”
  • “If you’ll pull an ambulance over for no reason, hindering patient care, there’s nothing that you won’t do.”

Here is more on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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