A man has been jailed after attacking two paramedics who were sent to treat him.
North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) workers Clare Edmonds and advanced technician Andrew Ninkranz were sent to assist Carl David Brannen in Washington on December 9 last year.
But Brannen, 40, became aggressive while being treated and assaulted both members of staff.
Brannen, of Waskerley Road, in the Barmston area of Washington, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this week, where he pleaded guilty to two charges of assault agains the paramedics.
However, he was found guilty of both offences was sentenced to a total of eight weeks’ imprisonment.
He was also ordered to pay a total of £350 compensation, which is to be split between his two victims.
This man abused people who had turned up to help him at a time of need.David Edwards, risk and claims manager at NEAS
Speaking after the sentencing, Clare said: “I was quite pleased with the verdict, it would have been nice to have more but I think they looked harshly on what he had done.
“Hopefully it sends out a message that if you assault paramedics there will be repercussions.”
Bosses at NEAS have welcomed the sentence handed out to Brannen.
David Edwards, risk and claims manager at NEAS, said: “This man abused people who had turned up to help him at a time of need.
“We have a workforce of people who have dedicated themselves to saving and protecting the lives of people in our community and it is not acceptable that they have to experience any kind of abuse whilst at work.
“We do not tolerate this kind of behaviour and actively encourage our staff to report any violent or abusive incident so that we can support them to pursue a formal criminal complaint.
“As a trust we are pleased to see incidents such as these are taken seriously and that appropriate sentencing has been awarded.”