'I only touched him': Woman punched ambulance driver who wouldn't let her inside

‘I only touched him’: Woman punched ambulance driver who wouldn’t let her inside

(As originally published, Thu, February 29th 2024 at 6:56 PM)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A senior citizen who punched an ambulance driver in the back will have her case thrown out if she follows through on her pretrial intervention program requirements over the next 18 months.

That punch was thrown last summer, on the night of July 22, while the paramedic was trying “to provide medical care to a critical patient,” according to her arrest report from Florida.

He told a police officer a woman “kept attempting to gain entry into the side door of the ambulance.

“The victim stated the female, later identified as the defendant Cathleen Sillick, repeatedly attempted to open the side door as he kept shutting it, denying her entry.

“The victim advised when he closed the door final time, while standing outside of the ambulance, the defendant struck him in the center of the back, utilizing what felt to be a heavy closed hand.

“The victim told the defendant, ‘Don’t touch me again,’ as the defendant continued to walk towards him in an angry manner while pointing her finger at the victim.

“The victim then retreated into the driver seat of the ambulance and left the scene.”

That paramedic on the job couldn’t put the patient on hold for the police to arrive or to identify Sillick.

'I only touched him': Woman punched ambulance driver who wouldn't let her inside
Cathleen Sillick was charged with battery on an emergency medical care provider, a 3rd-degree felony, July 22, 2023. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Instead, “The patient being transported provided the defendant’s first and last name, and residence location, to the EMS employee, advising she was a neighbor of his.

“The victim did not have any noticeable injuries to his back,” but he said he wanted to prosecute.

The officer went to Sillick’s home and wrote, “She did not wish to speak to officers,” but while being taken to jail, “The defendant spontaneously uttered, ‘I only touched him.’”

Sillick, who turned 69 since the incident, was charged with battery on an emergency medical care provider, which is a third-degree felony, and released after three hours in jail, in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Pre-Trial Intervention Contract by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

No motive was given, but among the conditions of her pretrial intervention contract are 50 hours of community service, a 12-hour anger management class, alcohol evaluation and possibly treatment, no possession or consumption of alcohol, and paying several fees.

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