Hazard ambulance driver arrested for on-the-job DUI

Jack Lattajlatta@civitasmedia.com

April 23, 2013

McCARR — An ambulance driver was arrested last weekend after Kentucky State Police officers say he was driving under the influence.

According to officials with Post 9 in Pikeville, troopers received a 911 call Saturday stating that an ambulance had struck the guardrail and was weaving on the roadway while traveling South on Route 319.

Trooper First Class Shannon Jones was dispatched to the area and located the ambulance and its operator, Jeffrey J. Hignite, of Hazard. The ambulance is owned by Appalachian First Response.

Hignite was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on one charge of first offense driving under the influence.

Hignite was released the same day after securing a $100 cash bond.