Ambulance kicker fined

A YOUNG father will have to pay more than $2500 in damages after drunkenly kicking a Mildura ambulance.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge reprimanded Daimon Donnell over his actions, saying to damage a valuable community asset was not acceptable.

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to criminal damage before Mildura Magistrates’ Court.

Police prosecutor Lauren Abson said paramedics were called to Commercial Street in Merbein in December 2017, due to Donnell’s severely drunken state.

While being transported to Mildura Base Hospital, he had to be restrained on a stretcher after repeatedly kicking the inside of the ambulance.

As the ambulance pulled into the emergency department bay, Donnell was aggressive and threw punches as he tried to free himself.

When the restraints were removed, he attempted to flee the ambulance bay, but got caught in the door.

In frustration he kicked the ambulance, causing $2654 damage to the door and window.

He was on parole at the time and, in a police interview, said he could not remember the incident.

Defence counsel Hugh Middleton said Donnell had had “mishaps” in his life but had since got on the right track and was a good father to his eight-month-old daughter.

Mr Lethbridge said he accepted Donnell had a difficult past and was making good progress, but warned him about drinking excessively.

He was convicted, placed on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $2654 compensation.

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