A Lexington firefighter on Saturday was charged with driving under the influence hours after a hit-and-run collision at The Beer Trappe that left a man in critical condition.
Jarad McCargo, 36, also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said additional charges are pending.
Police say the accident happened at 11:03 p.m. Friday when McCargo, who was driving a Ford Expedition, backed over the curb at a high rate of speed, struck a man who was sitting at a café table in front of The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue. He then drove into the front of the building.
The man suffered life-threatening injuries. His identity was not released, and his condition was not immediately available.
Police issued an "attempt to locate" or bulletin for other officers to be on the lookout for McCargo's sport utility vehicle. The vehicle was found parked in front of a house in the 3100 block of Yellowstone Parkway, and officers found McCargo near Yellowstone Parkway off Alumni Drive. He was taken in for questioning and later charged, police said.
A passenger, an employee of the Fayette County Sheriff's office, jumped out McCargo's car and suffered minor injuries.
Police said the passenger of the vehicle returned to the scene. She hopped out as McCargo drove off, and refused to stop. She was taken to Central Baptist Hospital with minor injuries, police said.
Onlookers gave multiple accounts about what happened. Courtney Campbell, an eyewitness and a friend of McCargo and the passenger, said the couple in the vehicle were having a date night.
The police Collision Reconstruction Unit was on scene of the crash past 2:00 Saturday morning, and Euclid between Ashland Avenue and High Street was blocked for hours.
Brett Behr, owner of The Beer Trappe, told the Herald-Leader he was not at the bar during the crash, but he was called about five minutes after it happened. He was unsure whether McCargo had been inside The Beer Trappe or he was just trying to park out front. Behr didn't have any additional information about the man who was injured.
As of Saturday afternoon, the bar was boarded up with plywood wood and urging onlookers asking what happen. The front of the bar was roped off with police tape and a sign was taped to the door that said "Closed by the fire marshal."
A trash can was filled with chairs and other debris.
Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason said McCargo has been placed on administrative leave, but he declined further comment.
McCargo was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $500 bond for the DUI charge. Bond had not been set for the other charges.