Drunken man let-off on incident involving paramedic
UPDATE: A PARAMEDIC struck by a drunken man in a Coffs Harbour park on Thursday night told police he didn't wish to see formal action taken against the patient.
Police were tasked to an area near Fitzroy Park, next to the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool in Coff St just before 6pm.
It is understood a group of people had been drinking in the park throughout the day and a 45-year-old man required medical attention after he was found lying on the ground in an intoxicated state.
Police said ambulance services had arrived on scene to provide assistance.
In the process of waking the patient up a 43-year-old ambulance officer copped a blow to his upper body.
Police arrived on scene to provide assistance to the ambulance paramedics.
The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was held as an intoxicated person.
He was released early today after sobering up and police were told a formal complaint had not been lodged by the paramedic.
7PM: POLICE are investigating an assault on an ambulance paramedic in Coffs Harbour this evening.
Paramedics were called to Fitzroy Park next to the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool in Coff St just before 6pm.
It is understood a group of people had been drinking in the park and one person needed medical attention after an incident that left them lying on the ground.
Arriving to assist, the ambulance crew were allegedly confronted and a paramedic was assaulted by members of the group.
Police raced to the scene and are investigating the incident.
Last year the NSW Government introduced tougher prison penalties to protect paramedics.
Crime statistics however, show serious attacks are on the rise.
Assaults on paramedics rose by almost a quarter last year to 174 incidents,
Police laid a record 87 criminal charges over these types of offences last year.