A man has been arrested after allegedly punching a paramedic in the face and breaking his jaw.

Officers were called to Winifred Avenue, Coventry, just before 9pm last night (April 5) by ambulance crew reporting a violent patient.

Its thought, paramedics attended the address after a man suggested he was suffering breathing difficulties.

The 21-year-old had reportedly lashed out as he demanded an inhaler and punched a paramedic in the face.

He remains in hospital with a suspected broken jaw.

The suspect drove off in a car, colliding with the ambulance as he sped away.

Traffic officers detained him from a vehicle in Holyhead Road at around 1pm today.

He was arrested on suspicion of wounding, driving off from the scene of a collision, plus criminal damage as it’s suspected he damaged a door at a GP’s surgery.

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The suspect remains in custody for questioning and is also being spoken to about an incident at a doctor’s surgery in Baliol Road, in the Stoke area of Coventry, on 31 March when a glass door pane was broken.

Attacks on Blue Light staff can be prosecuted under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act which comes with the potential for tougher sentences.

Attacks on any emergency services staff will never be tolerated but this is a particularly sickening incident right now given that NHS workers are on the frontline of our national efforts to tackle coronavirus.

Coventry Police, Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara said:

This was a horrendous assault on one of my staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service, Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh: