A Lexington firefighter who was fired after being charged with driving under the influence in a hit-and-run has an outstanding warrant for a DUI charge in Georgia.
According to the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, Jarad McCargo, 36, was charged with a DUI, a misdemeanor offense, in 1999. A court document from the Cobb County Clerk's Office says McCargo was scheduled to appear in court for a non-jury trial on May 23, 2002. An arrest warrant was issued on June 12, 2002 and has remained active, according to the clerk's office.
The warrant is non-extraditable, meaning local authorities could not arrest McCargo and send him back to Georgia. However, if he would return to Georgia he could be arrested.
The court document does not say McCargo's license was suspended. Notes are written on the document that say "DUI," "too fast" and "no license." A clerk said no other information was available because it was an older case.
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On Monday, the city announced McCargo's termination stemming from charges that he drove his vehicle into a man outside The Beer Trappe on Euclid Avenue on Friday night.
The city issued a statement to announce that McCargo, who had worked for the fire department since July 2013, had been terminated from his probationary employment. City officials said they were aware of a prior conviction for misdemeanor theft by deception. He underwent a criminal background check as part of the evaluation process for his probationary appointment.
Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason said officials "were aware of" McCargo's background and said "we talked to his references."
Officials did not mention the pending case in Georgia.
Lexington fire Battalion Chief Mark Blankenship said the department performs criminal background checks as a part of the "extensive process" to "evaluate an applicant's suitability" but they were not aware of McCargo's DUI charge.
"For firefighter applicants, the only option open to us is to go through the Administrative Office of the Courts, which covers only offenses committed in Kentucky," he said. "In addition, we can and do check records through an outside contractor. However, Georgia does not consistently report criminal record information to public record search vendors. In this case, it prevented us from having knowledge of any record in that state."
On Saturday, McCargo was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree assault, and driving without insurance. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police have said McCargo admitted to backing his Ford Expedition over the curb, hitting three people and leaving the scene. The man who was most seriously injured was identified in a police report as Noel Espino. Espino was listed in critical condition Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
McCargo was being held at the Fayette County jail on $13,050 bail. He's scheduled to appear in court Friday.