Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cop Stops Ambulance Transporting Patient to Hospital

So who has more claim on the right of way? An ambulance with lights and sirens or a cop with lights? EMT In Confrontation With Trooper Speaks Out What a freaking idiot.

You should note that the "trooper" was with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Not state police. He had another idiot stop the ambulance, in order to give the driver a ticket. No regard for the person being transported to the hospital.

The guy who stopped the ambulance, was truly an idiot.
White says the officer was in a rage when he approached them and yelled "get your a-- back here! I am giving you a ticket for failure to yield." White says he told the trooper they had a patient in the ambulance and that they were on their way to the hospital.

"He ignored my statement, became even more belligerent, and demanded my partner come to his patrol car so he could write him a ticket," White says. "I calmly told the officer that we were transporting a patient and we could continue this at the hospital."

White says the trooper then approached him and shouted "you are under arrest for obstructing a police officer" and grabbed his arm to handcuff him. A brief struggle followed, at which point the trooper grabbed White by the throat. The cell phone captured this incident on video.
All the time, the patient in the back of the ambulance was not being transported to the hospital. All because a friggin idiot with a badge has to be able to throw his weight around.

Even if the guy driving the ambulance deserves a ticket - something I really doubt - write the ticket when the innocent civilian is in the hands of medical staff, not on the side of the road. [via Uncle]

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