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    Cop Pulls Over Ambulance Carrying Patient To Hospital For “Failure To Yield”

    Cop Pulls Over Ambulance Carrying Patient To Hospital For “Failure To Yield”

    It’s pretty clear to me that the EMT blew off the cop who was trying to arrest him, and technically I suppose that’s resisting arrest, but given the circumstances the one cop (at least) seems out of control.
    This is just so shocking I just don't know what to say...

    YouTube - Oklahoma Highway Patrol fight with EMT

    If this EMT gets charged, if there is any justice left in this world, the cop will also face charges for his crime.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Was the siren on the ambulance activated? If not, it's no different than a regular car.
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    From what I can tell the troopers, while in within their authority to pull the ambulance over, acted totally unprofessional. Pulling over an ambulance is one thing, but this is should never have went down like it did. Once they realized the ambulance was transporting a patient they should have simply followed the ambulance to the E.R. and worked it out there.

    Unprofessional to say the least, reckless abandonment of common sense is more like it in my opinion.

    Here is the paramedics statement, I assume to his employer. It's got a few mistakes in it but it's well written, the man seems quite intelligent.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Was the siren on the ambulance activated? If not, it's no different than a regular car.
    what????

    The fact that it carries people to the hospital in times of emergencies makes it very different from any regular car.

    Even if the siren was off, after the police officer have seen that they indeed had a patient in the ambulance, they should have let them go right away. Instead of taking up time writing them a ticket and yelling that they were being arrested, they should have escorted the ambulance if the ambulance's siren was not working.

    I think the police officers here totally assessed the situation incorrectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightdemon View Post
    what????

    The fact that it carries people to the hospital in times of emergencies makes it very different from any regular car.

    Even if the siren was off, after the police officer have seen that they indeed had a patient in the ambulance, they should have let them go right away. Instead of taking up time writing them a ticket and yelling that they were being arrested, they should have escorted the ambulance if the ambulance's siren was not working.

    I think the police officers here totally assessed the situation incorrectly.
    I agree. All this trooper had to do was ask if they were transporting a patient, instead he chose to assert his authority. Obviously they had radio contact as they admonished the ambulance driver to check his mirrors.

    The guy should be reprimanded and suspended without pay for a few days. And I think an apology to the family and the paramedic is in order.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightdemon View Post
    what????

    The fact that it carries people to the hospital in times of emergencies makes it very different from any regular car.

    Even if the siren was off, after the police officer have seen that they indeed had a patient in the ambulance, they should have let them go right away. Instead of taking up time writing them a ticket and yelling that they were being arrested, they should have escorted the ambulance if the ambulance's siren was not working.

    I think the police officers here totally assessed the situation incorrectly.
    I'm not saying that the cops shouldn't have used common sense, but ambulance drivers are not magical beings that get to flout traffic laws whenever they want. If they wanted to do that, they should have became cops.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Was the siren on the ambulance activated? If not, it's no different than a regular car.
    I'm an EMT, and I can say that this would be the case here. (Laws vary, from region to region.) Also we avoid such problems by working very closely with the police.

    I can't use my pathetically limited bandwidth just now for the video, but does anyone know what the condition of the patient was, and what sort of treatment they were going for?
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I'm not saying that the cops shouldn't have used common sense, but ambulance drivers are not magical beings that get to flout traffic laws whenever they want. If they wanted to do that, they should have became cops.
    I don't think these guys were actually flouting traffic laws. They did pull out of the way of the patrol car once they noticed it. With today's passenger compartments insulated like they are it's hard to here a police car siren until it gets close. In the cab of an ambulance it's worse because of the open compartment design. They are actually quite noisy.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Was the siren on the ambulance activated? If not, it's no different than a regular car.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    N.W.A. said it best...

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