Charges that former Lexington firefighter Jarad McCargo crashed into a local bar, injured three people, and then drove away, were sent to a Fayette County grand jury during a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court on Friday.
McCargo is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree assault, and driving without insurance. He is accused of backing his white 2000 Ford Expedition into The Beer Trappe and then fleeing.
The man who was most seriously injured was identified in a police report as Noel Espino. He remained in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Friday night.
WKYT-TV reported that police officer Brandon Muravchik said McCargo's wife told investigators she had driven to The Beer Trappe but couldn't get the car parked. The accident happened after McCargo took over to park. His wife returned to talk with investigators. Muravchik told the TV station that after police read McCargo his rights, McCargo said that he wanted to help them, and added that if he'd known the severity of the victim's injuries he'd have stayed to help.
McCargo, 36, was fired from the Lexington Fire Department Monday, hours after pleading not guilty to charges. He was released from the Fayette County Detention Center on bail Friday with conditions that he must wear an ankle monitor and take random drug and alcohol tests.