Man who caused ambulance crash took meth
A MAN who crashed into an ambulance, causing lifethreatening injuries to a paramedic, had been using methamphetamine to stay awake.
Walter William Ten Haaf was sentenced to 18 months immediate imprisonment and disqualified from driving for two years at the District Court on January 23 after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and driving a vehicle while under the influence of an illicit substance.
On October 10, 2016, Ten Haaf was on the way to work and was under the influence of meth when he veered on to the wrong side of the road and had a head-on collision with a St John’s Ambulance.
The force of the impact was so severe the ambulance was crushed to almost half its size and flipped on to its side.
Paramedic Wesley Noel Ackerman was trapped in the ambulance for 45 minutes before he was cut free by emergency personnel.
He sustained numerous fractures, internal and spinal injuries and is still undergoing rehabilitation today.
The ambulance driver, fellow paramedic Sharon Price, sustained bruising and injured her arm.
Ten Haaf had a fractured sternum.
Defence lawyer Philip Urquhart said Ten Haaf had voluntarily admitted himself into rehabilitation centre Shalom House not long after.
Paramedic Wesley Ackerman was severely injured in the incident.