Paramedic Arrested After Asking Cop to Leave Ambulance, NYPD Says

By Ben Fractenberg on April 1, 2013 12:14pm | Updated on April 1, 2013 6:02pm

 A paramedic was arrested after an altercation with a police officer near the Atlantic-Pacific subway station in Brooklyn Monday morning, April 1, 2013.
A paramedic was arrested after an altercation with a police officer near the Atlantic-Pacific subway station in Brooklyn Monday morning, April 1, 2013.
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BOERUM HILL — A paramedic tending to a 59-year-old woman suffering a heart attack in a Brooklyn subway station was arrested after getting into a dispute with an on-duty police officer who followed the victim into an ambulance Monday morning, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The paramedic, whose name was not immediately released, was called to help the woman at the Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street station about 8:34 a.m., officials said. The officer, who also responded to the scene, got into the back of the ambulance with the medic and the woman, prompting the paramedic to ask him to leave.

"The [paramedic] wanted the police officer to leave," Kelly said. "The police officer didn't want to leave."

The medic was then arrested by the officer for "obstructing government administration."

He was taken to a nearby precinct where the charges were later dropped, Kelly said.

The officer's identity was also not immediately released.

The cardiac patient was rushed to Long Island College Hospital, where her condition was not immediately known.

An MTA employee working at the station said the woman was on the mezzanine level of the station when she complained of chest pains, summoning first responders.

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