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article imageTaxi driver charged for moving ambulance

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 17, 2010 in Crime
Eastbourne - A motorist whose car was blocked by an ambulance decided to move the vehicle out of his way. This meant that when emergency workers preparing to take an ill baby to hospital headed for the ambulance, they were faced with empty space.
The South East Coast Ambulance crew had been on an emergency call for a one-month old with breathing problems when they parked in the street.
A 64-year-old motorist, whose way was blocked, got into the vehicle and drove it a short distance up the road, then got back into his car and left.
He later handed himself into police, and was released on bail.
The Telegraph reported that a spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The ambulance crew 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 driven it a short distance along the road, before driving away in his own taxi.
"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.
"He was bailed without charge until 31 August pending further enquiries."
The baby was taken to hospital for further assessment and was discharged the following day.
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