New Year reveller kicked out at ambulance crew
A drunken man lashed out at paramedics who were trying to help him after getting sozzled on a visit to a cemetery.
Anthony Johnstone kicked out with his feet as the ambulance crew tried to tend to a head injury he suffered after falling over in Alexandria on New Year’s Day this year.
The landscape gardener, 46, was so drunk he repeatedly stumbled to the ground, Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard this week.
The fiscal depute explained: “At 9pm on January 1, 2016, the accused was at McAllister Road.
“Both paramedics attempted to treat the cut to his head but at this point the accused became violent and began to lash out with his hands and feet.
“He continued to be aggressive at the hospital.”
Johnstone was examined by a doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley at 1.30am who admitted him due to his head injury.
He discharged himself later that day.
He later pleaded guilty to acting in an aggressive manner en route to the hospital.
Defending him, Scott Adair said: “Mr Johnstone was visiting the cemetery and alcohol was taken.
“His position was he felt fine and didn’t want to go to hospital and obviously he reacted wrongly to the emergency staff who were simply trying to assist him.
“He regrets being involved in that sort of behaviour.”
Sentencing him, Sheriff Simon Pender said: “This is a serious matter. Ambulance crews deserve full protection from the court while they are on duty.
“You have a previous conviction for assault to permanent injury and disfigurement.
“You’re coming extremely close to a custodial sentence. This is your final chance to show you can stay out of trouble.”
Johnstone, of Livingstone Terrace, Irvine, North Ayrshire, was sentenced to a community payback order with 12 months supervision and 300 hours of unpaid work.