Charges laid after ambo officer hurt
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.”