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Man in custody, suspected of attacking paramedic - California

Friday, November 21, 2014  SAN DIEGO - A man was taken into custody Wednesday evening after police say he attacked a paramedic in Hillcrest.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. near Fifth Avenue and Washington Street. Police say the paramedics were just leaving Scripps Mercy Hospital when a man came up started pounding on the ambulance.

The paramedic rolled down the window to see if he needed any help. That is when police say the man reached over the window and slapped the paramedic in the face.

By the time officers arrived on scene, the suspect had already fled. They located the man across the street and arrested him.

He will be booked into jail on suspicion of battery on a paramedic. 



Woman In Ambulance Hit By Stray Bullet In Flatlands, Brooklyn

Thursday, November 20, 2014  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Shots were fired on a Flatlands, Brooklyn, street Wednesday afternoon and one of the bullets struck an ambulance – injuring an elderly woman inside.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, home security video captured the suspects in the incident on Flatlands Avenue near East 51st Street. One man was seen running along the street, while a second was seen following close behind and holding what appeared to be a gun.

Police believe the second man fired several times, and one shot went into an ambulance carrying senior citizens.

A second security camera angle shows the men running and the ambulette as its driver hits the brakes.

The shot went through the windshield of the ambulette, and inside, a woman was injured. Witnesses said the wound appeared to be a gash caused by either a bullet fragment or broken glass.

“An innocent bystander gets hurt for no reason,” said neighbor Jerry Thompson.

Seconds earlier, a man whose name is not being released said he was outside his house and saw the two men and the gun up close. The suspects looked right at him.

“Young guys – they’re not past 19 or 18, 17,” the witness said. “A light-skinned guy looked at me and the other guy said, went like that, ‘Forget it.’”

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the 71-year-old woman in the ambulance was hospitalized at Kings County Hospital. Doctors said they expect her to make a full recovery.

Police were questioning a person of interest in the incident late Wednesday, and were looking for a second suspect. 



Ambulance rolls in I-75 crash - Kentucky

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Dan Adkins Georgetown News-Graphic

A Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services ambulance driver was hurt early Monday when road conditions caused him to leave I-75 and roll the vehicle three times, agency Director Dave Sloane said.

The driver was on his way to an injury accident on southbound I-75 shortly after 5 a.m. when, as he entered the interstate at Exit 129, the ambulance slid on the ice- and snow-covered roadway, went into a ditch off the right shoulder and rolled.

Both the driver and his partner, both paramedics, were wearing seat belts and did not have a patient on board, Sloane said.

Sloane declined to identify the driver, who suffered a leg injury. 



Firefighter, paramedic supervisor injured in Highway 119 crash - California

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  By Doug Keeler
Midway Driller Editor 
Posted Nov. 16, 2014 @ 10:55 am 

The California Highway Patrol arrested the driver accused of causing the collision Saturday night that injured four people on felony drunk driving charges.
Fermin Garcia, 19, of Taft, was driving a Chevrolet Astrovan northbound on Highway 119 just south of Harrison Street about 9:30 p.m. when he swerved across to his left across both double yellow lines into opposing traffic.
Garcia's minivan sideswiped a southbound 1998 Toyota Corolla driven by Santiago Torres, 20, of Taft before colliding head-on with a 2011 GMC Suburban, a Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor's vehicle.
The driver of the Suburban, Armando Lazaro, 33, of Bakersfield, and his passenger, Adam Bickford 32, of Fullerton, a Kern County firefighter, were all injured and taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment.
Garcia, however, was the most seriously injured.
He suffered major injuries and was pinned in the wreckage for more than 30 minutes before firefighters freed him. He was taken to Taft Airport and flown to Kern Medical Center. CHP officers placed him under arrest at the scene.
The CHP said Torres and Lazaro both suffered major injuries and Bickford suffered minor injuries.
Lazaro was taking Bickford, a Kern County firefighter working at Station 21 in Taft, back to his station after he had traveled to Bakersfield in a ambulance earlier in the evening to assist with a patient, firefighters at the scene said.
Highway 119 was closed between Harrison and Cedar for more than two hours before the wreckage was cleared.



Ambulance Crashes while Heading to the Hospital - Iowa

Monday, November 17, 2014  By Alex Payne

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines, West Des Moines and neighboring communities reported about 100 weather-related crashes during Saturday’s snow storm.

A crash in West Des Moines had multiple patients transported to the hospital. One of those patients was involved in a second accident when their ambulance was on its way to the hospital.

Des Moines medics rushed the original patient to the hospital, along with a passenger in the car that hit the ambulance.

The crew was not hurt. The ambulance sustained enough damage that it will be out of service for the time being. 



Man arrested after crash involving ambulance - Indiana

Saturday, November 15, 2014  NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, a man is under arrest after an accident involved with an ambulance.

Police say the accident happened around 8:15 a.m. Friday at 146th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway in Noblesville.

A van from Bolden’s Cleaning and Restoration and the Cicero ambulance collided in the intersection.

Officers arrested 37-year-old James Darin McCoy at the scene of the crash for operating while intoxicated.  Police say McCoy was the driver of the van.

The ambulance had no patients on board at the time of the accident.

McCoy also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.




Ambulance hits deer on way to rollover crash - Oregon

Saturday, November 15, 2014  By Rebecca Woolington
The Oregonian

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — A driver lost control in snow and ice Thursday morning on Oregon 6, traveling off the highway and crashing into Gales Creek in western Washington County, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. and about a half mile past Northwest Timber Road, said Division Chief Dave Nemeyer, a Forest Grove fire spokesman. Only one car was involved in the wreck, Nemeyer said, and the driver suffered minor injuries.

A Metro West ambulance responding to the scene struck and killed a small deer that jumped in front of the crew on the roadway, Nemeyer said. The crash damaged the front of the ambulance, but the paramedics were not injured.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue is warning drivers headed west toward the Coast Range to use caution because the highway is slick. 




Ambulance hits deer on way to rollover crash - Oregon

Saturday, November 15, 2014  FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- A car went off the snowy road and ended up in Gales Creek Thursday morning, and the ambulance responding to the scene hit a deer, fire officials said.

The car was on Highway 6 near Timber Road when went it apparently slid on the roadway and rolled over, landing on its top in the creek, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

The driver's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

An ambulance on the way to the crash hit a deer. The paramedics were not injured, but the ambulance was damaged.

More details to come. 



Bird strike downs Texas medical helicopter

Thursday, November 13, 2014  By Timothy Chipp
The Abilene Reporter-News

MERKEL, Texas — A bird strike caused a helicopter to make an emergency landing Tuesday evening.

Air Evac Lifeteam, flying out of Abilene, reported the strike about 7:45 p.m., after crews said the bird hit the right side of the helicopter, breaking two windows. The pilot landed in a parking lot between a motel and a fast-food restaurant off Interstate 20 near the FM 126 exit.

The bird entered the aircraft and struck a nurse inside, according to an Air Evac Lifeteam spokeswoman.

“The pilot did what he was trained to do and landed the aircraft immediately,” the spokeswoman said.

The nurse suffered minor injuries, according to the spokeswoman.

The helicopter was transporting a patient to an unspecified location when it was struck. The spokeswoman said a crew from Eastland was called and continued the patient transfer to the final location.

“That’s why we station our locations contiguously,” she said. “That way, if one of our aircraft cannot complete its flight for any reason, another can be called in and complete the flight.” 



Pine Bluff Crash Involving 18 Wheeler, Ambulance Leaves 3 Injured - Arkansas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  PINE BLUFF, AR - An accident involving an ambulance and an 18 wheeler in Pine Bluff has left three people injured.

It happened just before 1 p.m. on Monday on 6th and Louisiana, a one way street.

According to police an ambulance in the right lane had its lights and sirens turned on and was passing an 18 wheeler in the left lane.

The 18 wheeler then attempted to change lanes and knocked the ambulance off of the road.

Police say the man and woman medics inside the ambulance had minor injuries. There was no patient inside the ambulance.

The man in the 18 wheeler also had minor injuries.

There is no further word on their conditions.



Long Branch cops: MONOC ambulance broadsided - New Jersey

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  By Erik Larsen

LONG BRANCH – A MONOC ambulance was broadsided at the intersection of Second Avenue and Cottage Place on Saturday, injuring a first responder who was aboard the vehicle, according to police.

The identity of the female medical worker who was injured was not immediately available Saturday night. She was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch where her condition was unknown.

Pedro Fernandes Souza, 20, of Long Branch, is responsible for the crash, which occurred at about 2:18 p.m., explained Long Branch police Lt. Frank Morey.

Souza was the driver of the motor vehicle that collided with the ambulance. Souza has no driver’s license and failed to stop at the stop sign on Cottage Place. The ambulance was traveling on Second Avenue, Morey said.

Souza was arrested at the scene and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to stop at a stop sign, and operating a motor vehicle without a license and causing serious bodily injury, Morey said.

He has since been released from custody on those summonses, Morey said.

The ambulance was not on an emergency call at the time of the crash, he said.

Police Cpl. Kevin King is the investigating officer.

Erik Larsen: 732-557-5709 or 



Driver crashes into ambulance, injuring three firefighters - Washington

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  SHORELINE, Wash. — 

An 18-year-old woman driving a Jeep ran a stop sign in Shoreline and crashed into a Shoreline Fire Department aid car, injuring three firefighters.

The three firefighters have non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Shoreline firefighters. The accident happened at Northeast 185th Street and 5th Avenue Northeast.

The driver of the Jeep and her passenger were uninjured, firefighters said. Police at the scene said the driver would be ticketed.

Firefighters said the aid car was seriously damaged and even caught fire after the crash. The small electrical fire was quickly extinguished.  



Colo. teen's rampage: Ambulance theft, assault, lewd acts

Sunday, November 9, 2014  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police reports indicate a Colorado State University student took cocaine and “molly” before stealing an ambulance and attacking deputies.

Stefan Sortland, 18, stole the ambulance while emergency crews were treating an intoxicated student for seizures at CSU, 7News Denverreports.

Police tracked the vehicle through its GPS and found it in the middle of the highway. The vehicle’s frontend had been crushed and it was leaking fluid onto the road. Sortland was standing in the road wearing an EMT vest and carrying a box of Wheat Thins.

After refusing to obey commands, police shot Sortland with a stun gun and took him to a Colorado jail where he "stood on a bench, kicked the wall, and masturbated," according to the police report.

Sortland is also accused of attacking two deputies who brought him lunch while in custody. He faces charges of aggravated vehicle theft, obstructing EMS, reckless driving, hit-and-run, criminal mischief, attempted motor vehicle theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and criminal charges of assault for the jail incident. 



Patient bites medic, injures Chicago firefighter

Sunday, November 9, 2014  CHICAGO — Two fire department personnel were hospitalized early Thursday after a man bit one of them and injured the other in the Loop, officials said.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. in the 200 block of West Jackson Boulevard, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Chief Juan Hernandez.

Police said the fire deparment personnel were assisting a man at that location, and when they tried to put the man on a stretcher, he bit a female paramedic on the left calf. A firefighter was also injured, although details were not immediately available on that injury, police said.

The two responders were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Hernandez said. 



Ga. patient drives stolen ambulance to Tenn. home

Sunday, November 9, 2014  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A patient was arrested after stealing an ambulance from a Ga. hospital and driving it to his home in Knoxville, Tenn .

Police arrested Kurt Vogler, 55, after he was spotted pulling into his driveway in the stolen ambulance, WBIR reports.

Vogler was in Ga. when he deliberately ran a red light and crashed his car. He later claimed God told to do it.

Police found him with a knife and bag of what is believed to be marijuana in his pocket. While receiving care he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and stole the ambulance.

Emergency crews had left the vehicle unlocked, with the keys inside, while they picked up a patient inside the hospital.

Knoxville police said the vehicle was found undamaged.

Vogler is being charged with first-degree theft, and a commitment order has been filed for him. 



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