Off-duty paramedic charged with DWI after ambulance accident

An off-duty paramedic has been charged with drunk driving after authorities say he moved an ambulance, hitting a parked vehicle.

Pamlico County deputies were originally called out because an intoxicated person in the water was having difficulty swimming Sunday around 1:00 a.m.

Sheriff Chris Davis says during the rescue, the off-duty paramedic--identified as Eric Kindle--moved the Pamlico Rescue ambulance from one side of the building to the other. Davis says during the process, Kindle struck a parked vehicle.

When deputies arrived, they determined that the 37-year-old Kindle was under the influence of alcohol, according to the sheriff. He says state troopers were called and the Oriental man was charged with driving while impaired.

An arrest warrant says Kindle's blood alcohol content was .11 and that there was minor damage to both vehicles.

The original person in the water was safely removed and didn't require any additional medical attention.