EMT shoves cop out of ambulance, gets arrested

A scuffle began when the officer tried questioning a woman who the EMT was treating

By Georgett Roberts , Jessica Simeone and Bob Fredericks
The New York Post

NEW YORK — An FDNY medic was briefly arrested yesterday for allegedly shoving a cop from the back of an ambulance while a stricken woman was being treated inside, sources said.

Andrew Haley got into a beef with the transit officer when ambulances responded to the subway station at Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street in Boerum Hill at around 8:30 a.m. to aid a 59-year-old woman with chest pains.

Haley was about to give her an electrocardiogram when the unidentified cop asked her for information.

Haley then told the officer to leave and to shut the ambulance door because the unidentified woman's breasts would be exposed during the procedure, the sources said.

When the cop refused, Haley allegedly shoved him and the two got into an argument, with the cop shouting, "Get your hands off me!" and each calling for a supervisor, the sources said.

Cops cuffed Haley and he was taken to Transit District Precinct 32 nearby, while other EMS workers brought the woman to the hospital.

"The EMT was arrested for obstructing governmental administration. That arrest was voided," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said later yesterday.

"Some dispute arose inside the ambulance, the EMT wanted the police officer to leave. The police officer didn't want to leave. So that is the nature of the dispute."

Haley, who has been commended by the department for his lifesaving heroics at least twice, was led out of the station house at about 1 p.m. by an FDNY captain. He could not be reached for comment.

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