Ambulance Driver Charged with DUI After Crash

Many ambulance operators scoff at the questions asked by underwriters. Over the years it seems no questions rile the emotions more than those surrounding background checks and employment procedures. A case in Chicago highlights why it is so important to perform comprehensive background checks and document the process thoroughly.

John P. Lara, a 31 year old ambulance driver, ran a red light on the north side of Chicago on Monday December 9th at 10:45 am with his lights and sirens operating. He crashed into a pickup truck and when the police arrived he blew a .271 blood alcohol level – more than three times the legal limit.

This is not his first run in with the law. In 2007 he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, his Illinois drivers license was suspended for three months when he refused a breathalyzer. He was stopped at least four times during this three month period for driving without a license.

Lara also was charged with felony forgery in 2002, which he plead guilty to misdemeanor theft over. In 2004 he was arrested for interfering with a police officer and in 2005 he was arrested for felony unlawful use of a firearm. In both the 2004 and 2005 cases he was also charged with impersonating a police officer.

Contact us today to discuss better protecting your organization from rogue employees. If a organization signs an application stating they have performed background checks and during an insurance company investigation it is determined not to be the case, the claim will likely  be denied.