Ex-Lexington firefighter is indicted on charges related to wreck at The Beer Trappe

Jarad McCargo

Former Lexington firefighter Jarad McCargo was indicted this week on charges stemming from a September crash at The Beer Trappe that injured three people, including a solider whose leg was amputated.

The indictment, returned by a Fayette County grand jury Tuesday, charges McCargo with first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.

According to court documents, the fourth-degree assault, criminal mischief and insurance charges are new.

McCargo, 36, was originally charged with first-degree assault, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after he backed over the curb in a 2000 Ford Expedition at high speed and struck a man who was sitting at a café table in front of The Beer Trappe on Euclid Aveune the night of Sept. 19, police have said.

A police report identified Noel Espino as the most seriously injured of the three. Tuesday's indictment lists Peter Alvarez and Dutch Inman as the other two people injured in the crash.

Relatives of Espino, a U.S. Army National Guardsman, created a GoFundMe page to help with expenses for his wife, who left her job to be with Espino during his recovery. The money raised will also help with travel costs for their daughter, a senior in high school.

Espino underwent "multiple life-saving surgeries that include an amputation of his left leg and part of his pelvic bone," the page said. His recovery should take about a year, the page said.

As of Thursday night Espino was listed in serious condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

City officials placed McCargo, who became a firefighter in July 2013, on administrative leave, but fired him shortly after he pleaded not guilty to the charges during arraignment in district court. He was later released from the Fayette County jail on a $1,350 bond and ordered to wear an ankle monitor and take random drug and alcohol tests.

McCargo is scheduled for arraignment in circuit court Nov. 14.

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