A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy arrested a 22-year-old Mansfield man on charges of impersonating an emergency medical technician, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a controlled substance, Sheriff Bob Alford said.

The man, arrested Monday, was identified as Adam Carroll Palmer. His bail on the three charges was set at $13,000, and he bonded out of the Johnson County Corrections Center.

The sheriff said Deputy Stephen Brownlow was dispatched to an illegal burn at 11837 Creekview. When Brownlow arrived, he met with Mid-North Fire Department Chief Lance Trout, who told him a man arrived at the fire scene and said he was an off-duty Arlington firefighter willing to help fight the blaze.

Alford said Trout reported that the man was wearing a Texas Department of State Health Services paramedic patch on the right sleeve of his blue T-shirt. The shirt was also inscribed with the wording: AFD, Engine 9, A. Palmer and firefighter/paramedic.

Trout told Brownlow that not only did the patch sewn onto the shirt seem out of place, but the shirt did not spell out the name Arlington Fire Department, and Trout said he also knew the department only wore gray T-shirts.

Alford said Brownlow began interviewing Palmer and that the suspect admitted he was not a firefighter or a paramedic.

During a search of Palmer, the deputy found a bottle of prescription pills labeled with another person’s name, Alford said. When Brownlow searched Palmer’s vehicle, he found a “trauma kit” that contained hospital and ambulance medications, Alford said.

He was transported to jail.

Rob Fraser can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2336, or rfraser@trcle.com

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