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County fires EMT facing drug charges

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Hood also failed to report suspended driver license

By Jimmie Earls

Christopher Hood, the Washington County EMT charged with felony drug solicitation, has been officially terminated by the county. The Washington County Fiscal Court voted to fire Hood effective Oct. 5. Hood has been suspended without pay since Aug. 27. The firing doesn’t just stem from Hood’s arrest on Aug. 24. According to Washington County EMS Director Mark Hale, there were other factors that resulted in Hood’s dismissal.

“In August 2008, Mr. Hood failed to report that his drivers license had been suspended,” said Hale. “His license had been suspended as far back as November of 2007. We recently conducted a driver’s check, and that’s when we found out that his license was suspended. We also found evidence that he had negligibly not entered paperwork into the computer pertaining to the ambulance service dating back to May and June of 2010. He had been warned back in June.”

As a result of his indictment in Franklin County, Hood has voluntarily surrendered his paramedic license to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

“KBEMS has asked him to voluntarily surrender his paramedic license, and he has,” added Hale. “I recommend to the court that Mr. Hood be terminated.”

Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said, “If the court does agree with Mark’s recommendation, we would set a date in the future, at least five days, for his termination. It would be my responsibility to send him a letter spelling out the reason for termination, and he can request a hearing before this court regarding the termination.”

Magistrate Hal Goode motioned to recommend the dismissal of Hood as a county employee. Magistrate Benjamin Settles seconded the motion. The vote was 5-0, with magistrate Greg Simms being absent.

Hood, and his girlfriend Katie Sewell, were arrested by the Kentucky State Police on Aug. 24 for obtaining or trying to obtain a controlled substance by false statement to a practitioner, a Class D felony.

Hood and Sewell will meet with Franklin County prosecutors for pre-trial conferences. If a plea deal cannot be reached, the Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s office said that a jury trial for both Hood and Sewell is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 4. If convicted, each faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.