Man arrested after allegedly breaking a paramedic's jaw

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.

Credit: Niall Carson/PA

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.