UPDATE: Lexington Firefighter Accused in Hit-and-Run Fired by City

A Lexington fireman who allegedly crashed into The Beer Trappe Friday night and critically injured another person has been terminated from his position, according to city officials.

Jarad McCargo, 36, had worked as a firefighter for the city since July 13, 2013.

Police are accusing McCargo of backing his SUV over a curb Friday night, and hitting a man sitting at a table outside of ‘The beer Trappe’ on Euclid Avenue, before smashing into the front of the bar, then leaving.

Police found and arrested him later.
 
The Lexington Herald-Leader said the man pinned is Noel Espino, and that he’s in critical condition at UK hospital.

Two other people were also hurt.

McCargo was in court Monday, on charges of DUI, leaving an accident and assault.

He asked for his $13,000 bond to be lowered, but a judge refused.

ABC 36 News learned through court documents that McCargo had been arrested and charged with theft, in 2010.   

The city fired McCargo Monday afternoon, and it’s a decision one of his neighbors, backs.

"I was very disappointed. He’s supposed to be an outstanding person in the community and a role model to the kids. I was very disappointed when I heard about what he did," said Michaela Finley, McCargo’s neighbor.

As a result of the accident, A Cup of Commonwealth and Rooster Brewing in Paris have announced plans for a fundraiser for everyone impacted.

The Beer Trappe said it will partner with West Sixth Brewery for a fundraiser as well. We’re told that $1 of every draft sold at The Beer Trappe beginning at 5pm Tuesday will be matched Wednesday by West Sixth to help the victims.

McCargo was hired as a firefighter after the 2010 theft charge.

We asked whether the city knew about his past record when he was hired.

Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason put out a statement: "We were aware of his background, we talked to his references."

His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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