Man who caused am­bu­lance crash took meth

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

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.

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