Maine paramedic receives fine, license suspension for on-duty OUI

James W. Perry (Bath Police Department)

WEST BATH, Maine (BDN) -- A Mid Coast Hospital paramedic and Bath firefighter was sentenced Wednesday to a 150-day license suspension a a $500 fine after pleading guilty to operating under the influence while responding to a call in September.

James W. Perry, 55, of Bath was arrested Sept. 6, 2018. At the time, he worked full time for the city as a firefighter/paramedic. But he was working for Mid Coast Hospital and driving the Mid Coast Hospital emergency SUV, known as the “fly car,” when he responded with Bath firefighters and police officers to the report of a possible drowning near 1495 Washington St., police said at the time.

[Midcoast paramedic facing OUI charge, allegedly showed up to scene impaired]

Police later determined there was no drowning and the person was located later that day.

While at the scene, Bath police officers interacted with Perry and allegedly noticed signs of impairment and investigated further, Savary said.

Perry was arrested on a charge of OUI, then released from the Bath police station on personal recognizance bail.

According to court documents, his blood alcohol level when he was arrested was 0.08 grams per 100 milliliters.

Assistant District Attorney Alexander Willette, who prosecuted the case, said Friday that Perry’s blood-alcohol level was not high enough to trigger mandatory jail time.

Mid Coast Hospital immediately placed Perry on administrative suspension. Bath City Manager Peter Owen said in September that the city was investigating but that Perry was still employed by the city.

Mid Coast spokeswoman Judith Kelsh said Friday that Perry is no longer employed by the hospital. Bath City Manager Peter Owen did not immediately return a phone call.

Perry’s attorney, John Chapman, did not immediately return a phone call Friday.

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