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UPDATE: EMS Employee Found Guilty of Driving a Patient Drunk

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An EMS employee from Montmorency county is guilty of driving an ambulance while drunk, with a child inside.

A jury found Daniel Albrecht guilty of the crime yesterday.

He is the operations manager for the Tri-Township EMS in Atlanta.

We first told you about this story back in December after police got a call saying that Albrecht may have been drinking before transporting an accident victim to Otsego Memorial Hospital.

He is currently suspended from the EMS without pay, and is awaiting what the Ambulance Service Board will do next that will determine his future.


The Operations Manager for Tri-Township EMS, in Atlanta, is suspended without pay, following a drunk driving arrest Sunday evening.

The Gaylord Police Chief tells 9&10 News, central dispatch notified them of a caller who suspected Dan Albrecht may have been drinking prior to getting into the ambulance.

Police say Albrecht had been transporting an accident victim and young child to Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Police arrested him at the hospital for Operating While Intoxicated/Child Endangerment.

The chief is not saying what Albrecht's blood alcohol level was at the time of the arrest, or where the call to central dispatch originated.

Albrecht is expected to be arraigned in January.

Tri-Township EMS released the following statement to 9&10 News: 

The Tri-Township Ambulance Service Board has suspended Operations Manager Dan Albrecht indefinitely without pay due to charges brought by the City of Gaylord stemming from an incident which occurred on Sunday December 9, 2012. Assistant Operations Manager Jody VonOppen will be serving as Interim Operations Manager and will be responsible for day to day operations until further notice. The Board is continuing to gather information about the incident and reserves the right to modify its decision as information is obtained.

The focus of Tri Township Ambulance Service will remain on providing excellent ambulance service to the communities, hospitals, and patients we serve. Tri-Township Ambulance Service has always been committed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all patients and personnel we serve and we will continue to honor this commitment. This ambulance service is staffed by skilled and dedicated professionals with excellent character, superb clinical skills, and a deep dedication to providing the best possible service to the citizens of Northern Michigan. During the past year alone, Tri-Township EMS has responded to Hurricane Sandy, brought lifesaving medical dispatch services to our community, and pursued national accreditation for the ambulance service. We will continue to focus on programs and practices that keep this service among the best rural ambulance services in the nation.

Beau Williams, President, Tri-Township Ambulance Service Board

9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Eric Davis have more.