Patient shoves paramedic out of KCK ambulance; paramedic not hurt

03/10/2014 5:21 PM

03/10/2014 5:21 PM

Kansas City police arrested a 34-year old man Sunday after he allegedly struggled with a paramedic, causing both of them to fall out of the back of an ambulance.

The paramedic, who works for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, sustained a minor abrasion in the 4:50 p.m. incident at West 43rd and Jefferson streets.

The ambulance had picked up the patient in the 2300 block of Birch Drive in Kansas City, Kan., for difficulty breathing. The crew was taking him to St. Luke’s Hospital near the Country Club Plaza when the patient ripped his IV from his arm, unbuckled his seatbelt and tried to get out of the vehicle. The patient reportedly reached around the paramedic to open the door, and the driver stopped the ambulance. The patient and paramedic fell onto the pavement, police said.

A passing police officer helped the firefighters restrain the patient. Police found marijuana on the patient and transported him to a hospital to be examined, police said.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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