Indianapolis-based ambulance service ordered to shut down
An Indianapolis ambulance company has been ordered to shut down services immediately. State investigators call Samaritan Ambulance a danger to the public, and Eyewitness News found out that the company's owner is no stranger to getting in trouble.
"I was getting airborne in the back of the ambulance," said Nathan Brooks, former Samaritan Ambulance employee.
Brooks, an EMT, says he's not surprised to see his former employer shut down. The company failed an inspection of its fleet and facilities earlier this month, and Indiana Homeland Security took action.
Brooks, who filed suit against Samaritan Ambulance for unpaid wages, says sometimes they didn't have air-conditioning on board.
"We would have to open up the windows and to me that was unsanitary because you let in all the bacteria from the outside," said Brooks.
In documents obtained by Eyewitness News, Homeland Security called Samaritan Ambulance "a clear and immediate danger to the public's health, safety, or property." Investigators also wrote that the company failed to maintain compliance with the requirements for Basic Life Support transport vehicles.
Eyewitness News went to Samaritan Ambulance for comment, but no one was at the business Thursday.
In 2009, company owner Kenneth Lock got into trouble when police arrested him for impersonating a public servant and reckless driving. In 2010 his company got a 90-day suspension, saying Lock didn't have good judgment about when to let other companies handle emergency runs.
As far as doing business again after another 90-day suspension, at least one former employee warns against it.
"If he keeps operating, someone is going to get hurt," said Brooks.
Kenneth Lock could not be reached for comment Thursday. Lock can ask for a hearing to challenge the 90-day suspension.
Samaritan Ambulance is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, according to the BBB website.