Police Abuse

Kentucky Sheriff's Deputy Performed Illegal Traffic Stop on Business Rival, Lawsuit Alleges

The deputy, who is also a city councilman, owns a private ambulance company currently engaged in a lawsuit with the employer of the driver he detained.

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Pulled over by a rival, who's also a councilman.
WYMT-TV

Jason Crigger, an EMT and ambulance driver for the Kentucky-based Arrow-Med Ambulance alleges in a lawsuit that he was "verbally harass[ed]" by Breathitt County special deputy Darrell "Steve" McIntosh, who Crigger says "activated his emergency lights and siren" and detained him for several minutes while a patient returning from a dialysis treatment lay in the back of the ambulance. A fellow Arrow-Med employee recorded the traffic stop and gave the footage to WYMT-TV.

Crigger told WYMT that McIntosh "Never gave me a reason that he pulled me over," adding that during the five minutes he was detained, McIntosh "never accused me of any traffic violations or anything of the sort. It appeared to me he just pulled me over to try to threaten and intimidate us."

McIntosh, who is also a Jackson (Ky.) city councilman, owns a rival ambulance company and is currently engaged in a lawsuit he filed against Arrow-Med alleging fraud and overbilling. Crigger's lawyer, Ned Pillersdorf characterized the traffic stop to U.S. News and World Report as a "pretty flagrant civil rights violation," adding "You're not allowed to use your official position to detain people and argue with them about a civil suit, which is what happened."

In an interview with U.S News, Crigger says that he makes $9.50 an hour, but that the lawsuit isn't about the money, it's to hold McIntosh accountable for "following us around for months in his little police car":

"He's a bully and I hate bullies," Crigger says. "I've been poor all my life, and I'll probably be poor for the foreseeable future. I just want him to leave me and my guys alone and let us work. We don't do this for the money, we do this to help people and now we have to worry about rogue deputy sheriffs pulling us over and harassing us."

David Drake, the patient in the back of the ambulance who was spent and stressed from four hours of dialysis treatment, told U.S. News that McIntosh "intimidated me too in the process, whether he meant to or not." Drake added, "He really dumped some anxiety on me. I was strapped down in the back. I can't run, I can just pray to God he won't go psycho."

Breathitt County's Sheriff Department consists of the sheriff and one paid deputy, plus four unpaid volunteer deputies, a group which includes McIntosh.

Sheriff Ray Clemons told U.S. News that he asked McIntosh about the incident and he claims "they made some kind of allegations at him or something or other, stuck their fingers up at him or something, that's pretty much what he said."

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  1. Sheriff Ray Clemons told U.S. News that he asked McIntosh about the incident and he claims “they made some kind of allegations at him or something or other, stuck their fingers up at him or something, that’s pretty much what he said.”

    Sounds justified to me, haters.

    h2h

  2. True story:

    We needed armed guards for night shifts in our ED (not my current hospital). We asked the local police and sheriff’s departments, and they colluded with one another to give us two separate bids for the exact same ridiculous hourly rate.

    We found a company that would faciliate other LEOs who wanted to moonlight. We told the sheriff and the police we weren’t going to use them, but had found another source. They thought (mistakenly) that they had a monopoly, and they were pissed.

    So they started calling (anonymously, but c’mon) some of the independent LEOs we had retained and threatening them if they showed up at our hospital. A number of our new guards were game wardens (this was in Texas). As you can imagine, Texas game wardens don’t spook easily. They showed up anyway. Great guys.

    The punkass bitches at the sheriff and cop shop didn’t do a damn thing. Because they knew these game wardens were much tougher hombres than they were.

    1. I suppose Texas game wardens have to be tough to deal with the poachers, and Florida game wardens have to be tough to deal with the game.

      1. I believe the Florida game prefers their wardens to be tender.

  3. Breathitt County’s Sheriff Department consists of the sheriff and one paid deputy, plus four unpaid volunteer deputies, a group which includes McIntosh.

    Who the hell would want to be an unpaid volunteer deputy? I mean, we have some retired guys here who form an auxiliary unit to help direct traffic and stuff like that, but to do actual police work for free, you have to be REALLY hungry for petty tyranny.

    1. I’m sure he funds a way to make it profitable. Then there is all the free bjs from the hookers.

  4. Breathitt County’s Sheriff Department consists of the sheriff and one paid deputy, plus four unpaid volunteer deputies, a group which includes McIntosh.

    There are other ways to compensate people besides money; wannabe pigs just wanna have more power over other folks.

  5. I put up a link to last week’s breathless NYT expose of the horrifying specter of privately owned (by teh HEDGE FUNDZ, no less) emergency services providers.

    There were ambulance companies actually trying to collect for their services. Private fire companies billing non-subscribers for services rendered.

    The government does all that stuff for free. And there is no such thing as malfeasance or incompetence on the part of government employees.

    1. People get stuck with those bills from public services all the time.

  6. Sheriff Ray Clemons told U.S. News that he asked McIntosh about the incident and he claims “they made some kind of allegations at him or something or other, stuck their fingers up at him or something, that’s pretty much what he said.”

    Sounds like he’s on top of it.

    1. The sheriff would not confirm or deny that McIntosh is both his nephew and landlord, saying, “I ain’t going to comment no more” before ignoring several calls to his cellphone.

      So, there’s that.

      1. You know who else wouldn’t comment no more?

        1. My English 101 professor?

  7. Crigger told WYMT that McIntosh “Never gave me a reason that he pulled me over,” adding that during the five minutes he was detained, McIntosh “never accused me of any traffic violations or anything of the sort. It appeared to me he just pulled me over to try to threaten and intimidate us.”

    My Crigger…

    1. Crigger please

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