Man’s apology after refusal to get out of ambulance

East Riding Magistrates' Court
East Riding Magistrates' Court

A man has written a letter of apology to paramedics at Yorkshire Ambulance Service following an incident in which he was abusive towards them while drunk.

Phillip Whittaker , 43, entered an ambulance and laid down on a trolley - despite not needing any treatment, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon said he was asked to leave but refused and so police had to forcefully remove him from the ambulance outside Boyes store in Chapel Street, Bridlington, at around 8.15am on December 23. She said: “He was simply drunk and didn’t need any medical treatment.”

Whittaker, formerly of The Haven hostel, on Marshall Avenue, Bridlington, said he “had no excuses” and had written to ambulance staff to apologise.

At his sentencing hearing, he told district judge Frederick Rutherford, that he was a former alcoholic who had been mixing with alcoholics and drug-users in Bridlington, but had since been offered a flat by the council and was going to “make a new life.”

Judge Rutherford told him: “You present yourself as an articulate gentleman, which shows a change when alcohol is taken.”

Pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly, Whittaker was fined £110 with a £20 victim surcharge, but these charges were written off immediately in lieu of the time he had spent in court.

Judge Rutherford added: “This is so you can start you new life not owing any money. All I can hope is that you have the strength of character to keep away from alcohol.” The sentence also covered a further charge, which Whittaker also pleaded guilty to, of being drunk and disorderly at Prospect Street, on December 30.