Two Rutherford County EMS employees have been suspended after an ambulance was caught speeding on Interstate 24 West without lights or sirens.
News 2 crews caught the ambulance going close to 20 miles over the posted speed limit of 70 miles per hour at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, just outside Murfreesboro.
Rutherford County EMS officials confirm there was a cardiac patient on board Ambulance No. 74 at the time, despite the vehicle not running its lights or sirens.
An EMT was behind the wheel and a paramedic was in the back of the vehicle with the patient.
“It is troublesome to us. We don’t condone; it is against the law. It is against any policy we ever had, and when we come across something like this we take care of it as quickly as we can,” said Rutherford County EMS Director Randy White.
According to White, the ambulance has an on board GPS system and at times the ambulance reached speeds of 87 miles per hour.
“Obviously it’s against policy and against the law,” he told News 2. “To be honest, our people dedicate their lives to the service of others. They do great work and people make mistakes and this is one of those mistakes.”
The patient on board the vehicle was being transported from Murfreesboro to the VA hospital in Nashville.
“Anytime our people make a mistake it is troublesome. We are out there to protect the public and that might not be the case here,” said White. “They are heroes in my eyes and sometimes even heroes make mistakes.”
White told News 2 neither ambulance worker has a history of problems.
Both employees are suspended without pay, although the number of days that will last has yet to be determined.