PENSACOLA, Fla. (TND) — A patient in an ambulance went to jail instead of the hospital. He allegedly punched two emergency medical technicians in the face and head.
Authorities in Florida said the first responders were called to a fast-food restaurant on Thursday night because someone was complaining of abdominal pains.
The arrest report from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said the EMTs took the patient — James Elias Lebron, 27 — to the ambulance to sit on a stretcher.
But when they put a blood pressure cuff on Lebron’s arm, he started to jerk violently, and remove monitor leads and the cuff.
Then, when one of the EMTs told Lebron to leave the ambulance for violent behavior, he stood up and punched the EMT in the mouth with a closed fist.
After that, authorities said he punched the other EMT in the face and head for trying to intervene.
Finally, the EMTs got out of the ambulance and managed to lock Lebron inside while they waited for sheriff’s deputies.
Those deputies took Lebron to jail on two counts of battery on law enforcement officers or first responders.
Information from Kelly Sierra, WEAR, was used in this report.