Man who punched ambulance drivers avoids jail
A man who forced an ambulance to stop before punching the driver in a road rage attack has avoided jail.
Michael Kearns, himself a former ambulance driver, cut up the vehicle which was transporting an elderly patient to hospital at a roundabout in Chelmsford, Essex, on November 11 2014.
He then forced the ambulance to stop by braking and pulling his Ford Focus in front of it, prosecutor Alex Sutter-Green told Chelmsford Crown Court. Mr Sutter-Green added:
There was a patient in the back of the vehicle. “The defendant got out, opened the door and punched the victim.
The court heard Kearns, 46, of Broomfield, Chelmsford, struck a glancing blow and his victim was not badly hurt.
A paramedic who was also travelling in the ambulance witnessed the attack. Kearns had denied dangerous driving and assault but was found guilty after a trial.
The court heard he had a previous conviction of assault following a similar incident in 2013.
Tom Nicholson Pratt, mitigating, said his client suffered from post-traumatic stress after himself being attacked several times while working as an ambulance driver.
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