Monday 27 March 2017

Taxi driver 'moves 999 ambulance'

A Taxi driver was arrested for moving an ambulance on an emergency call
A Taxi driver was arrested for moving an ambulance on an emergency call

A taxi driver was arrested after he got behind the wheel of an ambulance answering an emergency call and moved it to make way for his own vehicle, police have said.

Officers attended the incident after the ambulance crew reported their vehicle had been driven away from outside an address in Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, as they were preparing to take a one-month-old baby to hospital on Sunday.

A Sussex Police spokesman added that the 64-year-old man was bailed until August 31 pending further inquiries.

The spokesman added: "They reported at 12.40am that a taxi driver had objected to the road being temporarily obstructed, so he had just got into their ambulance and drove it a short distance up the road, before driving away in his own taxi.

"The ambulance crew retrieved their vehicle and took the baby to hospital.

"The 64-year-old came to the police station of his own accord a short while later and was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent, and obstructing an emergency worker contrary to the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006."

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