Charges laid af­ter ambo of­fi­cer hurt

North West Telegraph - - News - Jakeb Waddell

An assault on an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer is a se­ri­ous of­fence . . .

A Port Hed­land man will face South Hed­land Mag­is­trate’s Court on De­cem­ber 17 af­ter al­legedly as­sault­ing an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer.

Port Hed­land po­lice charged the 57-year-old man, af­ter a St John Am­bu­lance para­medic was in­jured in an al­ter­ca­tion on Novem­ber 24, af­ter at­tend­ing an in­ci­dent at a Port Hed­land ho­tel.

Am­bu­lance of­fi­cers ar­rived at 6.30pm and first aid was ad­min­is­tered to the man, who po­lice said was show­ing signs of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

He was placed in the am­bu­lance and was be­ing trans­ported to the South Hed­land Health Cam­pus when he al­legedly be­came ver­bally abu­sive and phys­i­cally stopped the para­medic, who was in the rear of the am­bu­lance with him, from be­ing able to move freely.

The am­bu­lance was stopped and a re­quest for ur­gent as­sis­tance made.

Po­lice at­tended the scene and pro­vided as­sis­tance to the St John Am­bu­lance per­son­nel.

The man has been charged with as­sault­ing an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer.

Po­lice said it was a dis­ap­point­ing set of cir­cum­stances.

“St John Am­bu­lance per­son­nel at­tend in­ci­dents at all hours of the day and night, pro­vid­ing emer­gency care to peo­ple who have been in­jured or who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions,” they said.

“They play a vi­tal role in the com­mu­nity and it is dis­ap­point­ing to see them be­ing treated like this.

“An assault on an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer is a se­ri­ous of­fence, which car­ries with it a max­i­mum term of 10 years im­pris­on­ment.

“Vi­o­lence and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour of any kind is not ac­cepted in our com­mu­nity.

“How­ever, cases like this where it is peo­ple who are help­ing the com­mu­nity be­ing the vic­tim of such be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated — these are peo­ple who save lives every day and should be shown the re­spect they de­serve.”

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