by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
YORK COUNTY, S.C. - A former paramedic is facing criminal charges after he crashed his RV while driving under the influence and then attempted to escape his handcuffs, according to troopers.
Troopers arrested Thomas "Greg" Robinson Saturday night after they say lost control of his motor home on Highway 200 near Fletcher Broome Road and went airborne, crashing into a ditch.
"He has come across three, two yards. His head is bleeding," said one witness who called 911 after the accident.
Troopers said Robinson apparently attempted to hide his level of intoxication when they arrived on the scene.
"He was in the kitchen area of the RV, he was stuffing food in his mouth and drinking a lot of water," said Trooper John Burgin.
Investigators said Robison failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer test, so they took him to CMC-Union for treatment to injuries he sustained in the accident.
Troopers said once inside the ER Robinson became combative, shouting insults and profanities to staff.
"He kept trying to remove his handcuffs. He was trying to stick objects in the keyhole because he said he knew how to take handcuffs off. He claimed he was former law enforcement," Burgin said.
Robinson was a paramedic with Lancaster County, South Carolina, EMS for nearly three decades. He retired in 2012 just days before SLED investigators announced criminal charges against him.
According to an arrest warrant filed in August 2012, Robinson allegedly stole 10 vials of morphine from a locked cabinet inside an EMS office in Lancaster.
The case was later dismissed, according to a spokesman at South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Channel 9 went to Robinson's home in South Carolina Tuesday seeking comment about the newest allegations, but no one answered the door.