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Lexington Firefighter Terminated After Arrest

A Lexington firefighter who was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident has been fired.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that 36-year-old Jarad McCargo's termination was announced Monday, hours after he pleaded not guilty to driving his vehicle into a man Friday night.

Police reports say McCargo backed his vehicle over the curb outside a Lexington bar, hitting a man who is in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital. Police said McCargo drove away shortly after his sport-utility vehicle crashed into the building.

The city initially placed McCargo on administrative leave but issued a release Monday evening saying he had been terminated from his probationary employment. He had worked for the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services since July 13, 2013.

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