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August 03, 2014

Man 'too drunk to walk home' calls ambulance

Police advised that "ambulances are not a form of taxi service" and he became belligerent

By EMS1 Staff

NIAGARA FALLS — A Niagara Falls man called an ambulance Friday night because he was “too drunk to walk home.”

Jason Evans, 34, asked to be admitted to the hospital. He instead got a free ride to jail after he became belligerent, The Buffalo News reports. 

Police were called to Pine Avenue just after 7 p.m. and met with the ambulance crew assisting Evans.

Officers advised him that ambulances “are not a form of taxi service.” He became belligerent, and was charged with disorderly conduct.

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Jamie Orsino Jamie Orsino Monday, August 04, 2014 4:45:50 AM It is entirely likely that tens of thousands of people, nationally and annually, get transported to the hospital because they are too drunk to walk home.
Jake Hammonds Jake Hammonds Monday, August 04, 2014 9:55:43 AM EMS is not a taxi service. Anyone who has spent more then week in the field know you get this call. I have personally called a taxi for a drunk man that called the ambulance. Then called the police to meet the taxi at his home to make sure he makes it to his front door. Most drunks can be calmed down if you offer another option. In this instance it was probably better he went to jail. If you get hostile to police and EMS crews. It's probably safer for him to just sleep it off in a drunk tank.
Cheryl Netzke Cheryl Netzke Monday, August 04, 2014 10:11:06 AM should have just called the police. Many cities have a program that will make sure drunks get home safely.
John Paul de Anda John Paul de Anda Monday, August 04, 2014 10:37:19 AM I see this at least 5 times a shift where I work...its frustrating how the service can be abused at times...
Fany Garcia Fany Garcia Monday, August 04, 2014 10:45:59 AM Pensé que sólo ocurría en México.
Charla Clarke Charla Clarke Monday, August 04, 2014 10:57:15 AM If he was capable of dialing 911 he could have dialed a the number for a cab. I have been assaulted twice in the back of an ambulance that sent ME to the ER. I don't have any sympathy for a drunk. Hats off to the police that did their job in my area the police will tell them you either go to the hospital by ambulance are they will take them to jail. They're medical complaint NOTHING! Just avoiding jail.
Marty Anderson Marty Anderson Monday, August 04, 2014 11:14:58 AM NICE!!!!!!!
Dale Lackey Dale Lackey Monday, August 04, 2014 11:25:08 AM How about trying something new, be a responsible adult. In order for the alcohol to get in your system you have to put it there. Make arrangements first. I have been on unnecessary calls for drunks that have resulted in the death of another person because we were tied up.
Lehman Irby Lehman Irby Monday, August 04, 2014 11:48:54 AM I would hate to be told my medical emergency will have to wait because the ambulance is out with a drunk who needs a ride home
Ken Smith Ken Smith Monday, August 04, 2014 11:54:15 AM For those who would have taken him home what about the next time or the time after that. Do once and they come to expect it every time. No the crew did right.
Tanya Navarro Tanya Navarro Monday, August 04, 2014 11:59:33 AM Put a bullet in his head. Problem solved.
Paula J Alexander Paula J Alexander Monday, August 04, 2014 12:07:34 PM Chances that he was drunk enough to be at risk for alcohol poisoning? How would he know unless a companion had kept track of his alcohol intake? Sadly EMS is abused as a taxi service for minor clinic stuff all the time. Thousands of non-emergent calls but that one call MIGHT be legit. Can't know until EMS shows up to evaluate. Ticks me off to see the abuse though!!!!
Mike Vaughn Mike Vaughn Monday, August 04, 2014 12:08:02 PM I agree with several others here anyone who has spent any time in the field has had this call and many similar to it like cold weather or rain. Reinforcing a fact is not wrong on the LEO'S I actually applaud the officer for backing up the EMS crew. Now if you wanna get belligerent you get what you deserve. Like another if you can call 911call 411 instead and get a Taxi.
Terry Scalise Flanigan Terry Scalise Flanigan Monday, August 04, 2014 12:22:52 PM Where we work, police go on all of our calls. So perhaps the police were responding as they were required to do. And it is not the job of the ambulance crew to call a taxi for someone. If they call 911 and we respond we have to treat them like any other patient. But the post above says it all, he was belligerent to the police, That is a crime as is his drunk and disorderly. People have no idea how much time is wasted by ambulance crews taking care of calls like this while someone who may really need us, has to wait for help.
Mary Kay Knorr Mary Kay Knorr Monday, August 04, 2014 1:05:51 PM Hi Ho lol hits the nail on the head, I say charge the intoxicated triple, less than a dwi charge in the long run lol
Robert Glenn Robert Glenn Monday, August 04, 2014 1:43:45 PM Huh, in our system this would have fallen out of QA because according to our medical director everyone who we suspect is intoxicate MUST be transported to the ED for evaluation, no exceptions...
Kelly Rawllins Kelly Rawllins Monday, August 04, 2014 3:24:58 PM I was talking about that the other day. Technically they can't sign any paperwork either. The ERs in my area would flip a lid of we transported every drunk person we came in contact with. We already do too many now.
Julie Nighswander Julie Nighswander Monday, August 04, 2014 4:12:20 PM Wow anyone in the ER knows these calls get made- so sad- glad they did something about this one
Sandy Schweighardt Sandy Schweighardt Monday, August 04, 2014 4:46:28 PM You can expect something stupid coming out of drunks mouth but not from a recent comment from uneducated municipality staff in NJ who thinks every privately owned EMS agency licenced to provide street 911 is a taxi cab vs the volunteer first aid squad. I dislike and don't appreciate the false image.
Gerald Gerry Fleming Gerald Gerry Fleming Monday, August 04, 2014 5:54:53 PM Classic case of "Samsonite Syndrome".
Jody Koala Baer-Swanson Jody Koala Baer-Swanson Monday, August 04, 2014 9:53:00 PM It says he asked to be admitted to the hospital...not that he called the ambulance and then when they arrived he asked for a ride home. Perhaps he truly felt he needed medical treatment. I am not excusing an intoxicated person's misuse of emergency services, just pointing out that the report does say he requested to be admitted to the hospital...so its not like he was calling the ambulance and using them like u would a cab. Sounds like he, in his drunken state, really believed he was ill and needed help.
Robert Hutson Robert Hutson Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:45:25 AM Don'tm take any chances with a drunk if you are transporting them. I have been assaulted a couple of times by drunks. However, I quickly gained the upper hand and was never hurt or in any danger due to my size. But for others that are not as big or strong don't take any chances if there is any chance a drunk may become violent get help or get them out of your ambulance.
Richard S. Smith Richard S. Smith Tuesday, August 05, 2014 6:25:54 AM EMS is better than a taxi, no fees! Try adding a copay of $200 for abusers and see what happens
Jack Pugh Jack Pugh Tuesday, August 05, 2014 9:04:11 AM Bring them to the hospital, let the ER nurses fight, argue with him for the five hours....
Greg Melville Greg Melville Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:45:06 AM He did ask to be admitted to the hospital........
Ed McCarthy Ed McCarthy Tuesday, August 05, 2014 7:23:53 PM As irritating as this can be, the counter-argument is that if the subject can't walk, or make their way safely, they should be going to the ER.
Tom Lansford Tom Lansford Wednesday, August 06, 2014 1:05:35 PM Sometimes its the cops dumping the durnks on EMS.

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