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Moment paramedics treat man high on monkey dust who stabbed police dog


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This is the moment medics help a man who has been Tasered and handcuffed after stabbing a police dog in a drug fuelled rampage.

Chris Babb and Kathy Tinsley are seen treating Daniel O’Sullivan, 29, who had been pava sprayed and tied up with leg restraints in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. They persevere despite being spat at simply for doing their job.

Police later found out he was on a combination of cocaine and a synthetic stimulant known as monkey dust. The paramedics calmly wheel him onto their ambulance in a stretcher as he whimpers and says ‘I can’t breathe’.

The shocking footage taken in July last year opens the new series of Inside The Ambulance, which follows the lives of West Midlands Ambulance Service. Speaking on the documentary, Kathy says: ‘The fact that he’d been tasered following the pava spray meant that he was, you know, quite strong and he’s resisted arrest. So we had to err on the side of caution when we were treating him.

Paramedics persevere with their jobs despite O’Sullivan spitting and acting aggressively (Picture: UKTV)
The footage is part of a new series of Inside The Ambulance (Picture: UKTV)
O’Sullivan ended up being the first person to be convicted under Finn’s Law – created to protect police dogs in the line of duty (Picture: UKTV)

‘When we’re dealing with violent patients, which we seem to be doing on a more regular basis these days, we do have to protect ourselves first but obviously, you know, try and help the patient as best we can. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to treat.’

Audi, the injured police dog, was given emergency treatment by vets and narrowly avoided being blinded but is now fully recovered. O’Sullivan, from Liverpool, was the first to be jailed under a Finn’s Law – named after a dog who was stabbed.

It means police service animals are treated as public servants rather than property, meaning stronger sentences can be handed down to those who hurt them.

O’Sullivan was sentenced to 21 months in prison at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty to five counts of assaulting an emergency worker, causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and two counts of having an offensive weapon.

Judge Paul Glenn told him: ‘When police arrived you picked up an empty bottle and held it by its neck. You were swearing at police and commented you would stab the dog handler.

‘You ignored repeated warnings, you were aggressively and actively seeking confrontation.

‘Eventually when the dog was deployed your immediate and plainly premeditated response was to stab the dog to the side of the head.

‘Were it not for the orbit of its eye, the dog would have lost its eye and possibly its life.

‘You spat into the faces of numerous police officers. You kneed an officer and kicked another to his head.

‘The officers were simply trying to do what they are trained to do, protect the public.’

Inside The Ambulance starts on UKTV premium digital channel W on Monday, May 11th at 8pm.

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