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South Coast paramedics injured after man allegedly rams ambulance


A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting another man before ramming an ambulance and injuring two paramedics.

South Coast Police said just before 11.30pm last Sunday night the driver of a Toyota Landcruiser allegeldy struck an unattended Kia Sedan parked in a driveway of a home on Coila Avenue at Tuross Head.

Police said the occupant of the home, a 56-year-old man, came to investigate before the driver exited his utility and allegedly punched him in the face.

After returning to his vehicle, the man allegedly drove into an NSW Ambulance, before ramming it for a second time, causing significant front-end damage.

A female paramedic suffered a fractured arm while a male paramedic sustained multiple rib fractures.

The paramedics and the injured 56-year-old man were treated at the scene before being taken to Moruya Hospital.

Police said officers attended and sighted the Toyota near Hector McWilliam Drive although attempts to stop the driver were unsuccessful.

A short time later the vehicle was located on the Old Princes Highway at Turlinjah.

The 41-year-old male driver was arrested before being taken to hospital for mandatory testing under police guard.

He was subsequently released and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving, common assault, fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, not stop vehicle when directed to do so and two counts of fail to exchange particulars.

The man was refused bail and will appear in Batemans Bay Local Court today.

Police said investigations are continuing.

Image: NSW Ambulance