Paramedic blocked fleeing suspect car in hospital drama

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An ambulance driver deliberately blocked his vehicle across the path of a car being pursued by police.

The drama unfolded on Tuesday afternoon close to the entrance to the Conquest Hospital.

A marked police car spotted a Jaguar pass it at 3.45pm on Tuesday.

It had allegedly failed to stop on Rye Road and officers followed it along The Ridge.

The driver went along The Ridge and into the grounds of the Conquest Hospital.

The car driver then allegedly rammed the patrol car with his vehicle and attempted to drive away but was stopped by an ambulance whose driver deliberately blocked him in.

Neither the two officers in the patrol car, the ambulance driver nor the car driver were injured.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and failing to stop for the police.

He was released on bail until September 5.

PC Richard Trundle said: “The ambulance driver did exactly the right thing and stopped the car from escaping.

“There were lots of people in the area and we would like to speak to them and to anyone who saw the pursuit between Guestling and the hospital.”

Richard Airey, spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: “The driver moved the ambulance into the path of the oncoming vehicle.

“He acted professionally and we want to praise him for his quick thinking.”

The ambulance sustained slight damage and the police car severe damage.

No pedestrians were injured during the incident.

Witnesses and anyone with information can email quoting serial 975 of 19/08 or call 101.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers line in complete confidence and anonymously on 0800 555 111.