Midcoast paramedic facing OUI charge, allegedly showed up to scene impaired
BATH (WGME) – A paramedic on the Midcoast is facing an OUI charge.
He was arrested while responding to a scene as an employee of a local hospital.
He also works for the Bath Fire Department.
Fifty-four-year-old James Perry was arrested while on the job last Thursday. He works at the fire department, but on that night, he was responding with Mid Coast Hospital.
According to the Bath Police Department, officers responded to a reported drowning near 1495 Washington Street.
James Perry responded with Mid Coast Hospital's EMS vehicle.
When it was determined that there was no drowning, officers noticed Perry showing signs of impairment.
Police say he was charged with operating under the influence at the scene.
Bath's city manager says Perry is now on paid administrative leave from the fire department while an investigation is underway.
Bath's deputy chief says officers found it tough to arrest someone they know well.
"It is very difficult for the officers that were on scene,” Deputy Chief Robert Savary said. “You know, you develop relationships with people you work with. Sometimes you gotta put that aside and do what you need to do."
WGME reached out to Mid Coast Medical Center multiple times for comment on whether Perry is still employed.
We have yet to get a response.