Drunk teen bites ambo after binge
A BUNDABERG woman bit an ambulance officer’s finger after she regained consciousness following a binge-drinking session, a court was told.
Emma Louise Greenwood, 19, faced Bundaberg District Court charged with seriously assaulting paramedic Ruth Christie as the ambulance officer tried to treat her on July 18 last year.
Crown prosecutor Divina Deleon told the court Greenwood was unconscious in the laundry of a Hurst Street home after drinking a “significant” amount of alcohol, when Ms Christie and another ambulance officer began to treat her about 9.55pm.
The paramedics took Greenwood to the ambulance and continued to treat her, when she started to regain consciousness.
Ms Deleon said the teenager asked to see her boyfriend and, when she was told she could not see him because he was too drunk, Greenwood became violent.
“Ms Greenwood started to punch the walls of the ambulance,” she said.
“She was violently swinging her arms around, she became more abusive and attempted to bite (Ms Christie) and another paramedic.”
The court was told the ambulance officers sedated the woman, but before the medication could take effect Greenwood managed to bite Ms Christie on the finger.
Judge Leanne Clare described the emotional distress the paramedic felt following the attack.
“She had to worry about what she caught from you,” Judge Clare said.
“That caused distress not only to her, but her husband.”
Police were called to the scene to handcuff the convenience store worker before she was transported to Bundaberg Hospital.
Defence lawyer Julie Sharp said Greenwood regained consciousness in a short period of time and was still not lucid when the attack took place.
“She wakes up in the back of an ambulance with a number of officers injecting her with medication,” she said.
“She told police and maintains she can’t remember the incident.”
Judge Clare convicted and sentenced Greenwood to a six-month community based order.