Man hit ambulance with metal sign before throwing traffic cone at paramedic

A man has appeared in court after throwing a metal sign at an ambulance and chucking a traffic cone at a paramedic.

James Ferguson, 29, committed the offences on July 25 following the death of his father, according to Teesside Live.

Simon Walker, defending, explained to Teesside Magistrates’ Court that Ferguson suffers from autism, emotional personality disorder and a learning disability.

The 29-year-old initially spat on the ambulance at James Cook University Hospital, before picking up a metal sign and throwing it at the vehicle, causing damage.

Ian Martin, prosecuting, said the defendant approached the ambulance in Middlesbrough at 2.45pm.

He said: “A paramedic approached him. He picked up a traffic cone and threw it towards the paramedic.

“The paramedic had to step out of the way or would have been hit by it.”

The damage caused to the vehicle, which belonged to the North East Ambulance Service, totalled £880.

Ferguson, of Ainsworth Way, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property valued under £5000.

He also admitted assault by beating of an emergency worker.

James Ferguson leaving Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Defence lawyer Simon Walker told the court in Middlesbrough how his client had been a carer for his father, who was in ill health, before he passed away.

Mr Walker said: “The NHS amputated his toe, later amputated his leg and not long later he died.

“He understands that his father’s illness was so that it was not down to any negligence by the NHS.”

He said Ferguson had blamed them but knows it’s not true and it’s not appropriate for him to behave in this way.

Mr Walker added that his client now lives on his own in the house which he used to share with his father.

District Judge Mark Daley told Mr Walker: “I see he’s already been before the court for a further assault on an emergency worker.”

Mr Walker said he couldn’t recall the circumstances of the offence but suggested that it was of a “very low level”.

District Judge Daley said: “In order to decide the best way to deal with this case I think it’s important the court has some further information about the prosecution.”

He told Ferguson that he would adjourn his case until November 24 so a report could be prepared by the probation service.

Judge Daley said: “It’s important the court gets a report before deciding how to deal with this.”

He warned Ferguson that it he didn’t turn up to the hearing next month he could be arrested and brought to custody.

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