Man’s attack on 999 staff was fuelled by drink and pills

Four emergency staff were assaulted by a man high on a cocktail of alcohol and medication.

James Ramsden bit, head-butted and lashed out at two ambulance staff and two police officers who came to his aid after he collapsed after a party at an ex-girlfriend’s house on July 2, Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor Alex Bosnan said Ramsden, of Green Close, Dewsbury, was put into an ambulance on Staincliffe Road in Dewsbury, where medics put him on a drip and fitted a neck brace before setting off to Leeds General Infirmary.

But as he regained consciousness, he ripped off the equipment before throwing an oxygen cylinder across the ambulance and lashing out at ambulance worker Matthew McCabe and policewoman PC Moorhouse.

Mr Bosnan said: “He tried to get out on Gelderd Road but was unable to. He became very aggressive and swore. PC Moorhouse tried to handcuff him but he leaned forward and bit her.

“He headbutted Mr McCabe and spat at him and the ambulance driver, who had stopped and got out to help.”

The trio managed to restrain him but Ramsden then assaulted another police officer. He was arrested and told police he had been drinking and was on medication for anxiety and depression.

Ramsden said he did not remember anything when he woke up the next day in Leeds General Infirmary.

He said he was “horrified and embarrassed” by his actions and was committed to getting himself back into stable employment.

Ramsden admitted assault by beating and assaulting a PC and was given a six-months suspended jail sentence, a four-months curfew and 15-day activity requirement to address his issues.

He must also pay £300 compensation to emergency staff, taken out of his benefits.

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