Tony Reed
The Del Norte Triplicate

An award winning Crescent City paramedic and ambulance training officer will face charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, and six counts of reckless endangerment after being arrested in Medford last weekend.

According to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, Tom Phillips was arrested for DUI on Sunday by Medford Police.

Since the matter had been referred to the DA’s Office for prosecution, Medford Police records staff could only give basic information. They said a citizen called to make a report at 5:26 p.m. and the arrest happened on Crater Lake Highway in Medford. Details about the stop or the number of people in Phillip’s vehicle could not be released.

Deputy DA Chelsea Jones will be handling the prosecution of the case. Phillips’ pre-trial conference is set for July 24 in Jackson County.

According to Jackson County Jail staff, Phillips was released on bail Monday. It was further explained that while his bail was set at $10,000, new laws in Oregon allow bail to be posted at 10 percent and Phillips was released from custody after posting $1,000.

Locally awarded

Phillips, a paramedic supervisor with Del Norte Ambulance, was one of 87 paramedics nationwide who received the Star of Life Award in 2015. He was nominated for his expansion of the company’s training program and the implementation of an Emergency Medical Services Explorers program. At last report, Phillips was also the training officer for Del Norte Ambulance and provided free classes to the public.

DUI History

According to the Emergency Service Personnel Registry, Phillips also received a DUI in Sonoma County in 2010, after being involved in an injury collision there.

According to a “cause of action” form in the registry, two breathalyzer tests administered on Phillips registered “.11 and .14, respectively.”

Phillips pleaded guilty to the charge in Sonoma County Superior Court, and was sentenced to three years probation and was mandated to enroll in an alcohol safety class program.

He was placed on probation with the Emergency Medical Services Authority from July 2, 2013 to July 2, 2016, according to the stipulated settlement agreement and disciplinary order. Conditions of that probation were that he would have to abstain from drug or alcohol use, submit to random alcohol screenings, and be regularly monitored by a physician.

The probation placed limits on Phillips’ EMT-P license, which were to be lifted upon completion of his probation.

Calls to Del Norte Ambulance management were not returned. Details behind the endangerment charges have also not been released at this time.

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