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Neon paramedic charged after wrecking FedEx truck at Cowan

A FedEx driver and paramedic for Neon Fire Rescue has been charged with driving under the influence after she wrecked a delivery truck at Cowan.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates was dispatched about 3: 30 p.m. on May 26 to a singlevehicle collision on KY 931 South. When he arrived, Bates said he found a FedEx truck with the rear half of the vehicle over an embankment, and Janice L. Downing, 44, of Salyersville seated in the driver’s seat with the ignition and the headlights on.

Bates wrote in the citation that Downing’s speech was slurred, her actions were delayed and there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the cab of the truck. Bates wrote that he asked her to get out of the vehicle and she staggered, nearly falling over the hill. He said she denied using drugs, but didn’t answer when he asked her about drinking. Bates said she failed afield sobriety test, and he cut the test short for fear she would stagger into traffic. On searching the cab of the vehicle, Bates said he found a backpack containing a half-empty gallon of Smirnoff vodka, which Downing admitted was hers.

Bates arrested her and took her to the Letcher County Jail, where a breathalyzer showed a blood alcohol of .212, the citation says.The legal limit for driving is .08.

Downing was charged with driving under the influence and license not in possession. She was released from jail on her own recognizance after a hearing in Letcher District Court.

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