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Nev. man jumps from back of ambulance

Was being transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation

By EMS1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — A man is in critical condition after jumping from the back of an ambulance and being struck by a truck in Las Vegas Wednesday, Metro Police said.

Steven Datu, 31, was being transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation when he jumped and ran across  southbound and northbound lanes.

He ran into a GMC truck travelling northbound, and fell under a trailer it was towing, according to 8NewsNow.

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David Harbour David Harbour Friday, March 23, 2012 11:28:27 AM This is a sad deal. Psych patients can be so convincing in telling you they are not a threat. Also, it appears to me to be an all female crew. They may not have had the strength to hold this guy down. We all know how strong someone that doesn't care about pain can be. I'm a big guy and I've been tossed like a rag doll sometimes. My heart goes out to this crew and, of course, to this patient and his family.
Bonita Guerra Troia Bonita Guerra Troia Friday, March 23, 2012 5:09:36 PM Yup i too went emergent to an ER when i wasnt confident my patient wouldnt jump out of the back. She was twice my size and strength. It is so sad and scary.
Jason Hare Jason Hare Friday, March 23, 2012 5:28:35 PM Did the medics get in trouble? I'm not tracking what's sad.. I've had crackheads trash my truck and spit everywhere wanting out, get out then_!! I personally don't lose sleep over it.
Patrick Jackson Patrick Jackson Friday, March 23, 2012 5:41:40 PM Mikie check this out. You may want to comment.
Chenay Baxter Clark Chenay Baxter Clark Friday, March 23, 2012 5:53:56 PM That must have been an interesting one for the crew to explain to their chief...
Denise Cole Denise Cole Friday, March 23, 2012 6:18:20 PM We all know that mental health patients can have incredible strength and getting orders to secure or sedate is often almost impossible. Myself I am not going to get hurt or risk falling out of the back of a moving rig to restrain someone like that. My heart goes out to the crew and all involved.
Charlie Vitchers Charlie Vitchers Saturday, March 24, 2012 4:55:18 AM He was being transported for a mental evaluation. Maybe he was a little jumpy? Ba dum bum, {Cymbal crash!}
Amanda Tutolo Amanda Tutolo Saturday, March 24, 2012 6:01:34 AM I agree with you Denise...my safety first and I am not falling out the back of an ambulance to try to keep this guy in. I had a patient try and run off on me...I wasnt chasing him, it was dark and cold. It had to be scary for the crew tho...seeing him jump out then hit. Crazy...literally lol
John Greenaway John Greenaway Sunday, March 25, 2012 7:23:20 AM He's feeling a little run down now after jumping from the ambulance.

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