Kwinana man ordered to pay compo to paramedic

BEING drunk, getting in a car accident and swinging punches at a St John Ambulance officer cost a Kwinana man $2000.

Adam Russell Dangen pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on November 17 to assaulting a public officer.

The police prosecutor told the court that Dangen was drunk when he hit a traffic barrier on the Kwinana Freeway in Stake Hill on September 27, last year.

A paramedic approaching the accident in his ambulance decided to stop and help Dangen.

When he got out of the ambulance and approached the accused, Dangen swung a fist at his head.

The paramedic ducked the punch and returned to the ambulance.

A short time later Dangen was standing on the outside lane of the Kwinana Freeway.

The paramedic tried to help him once more and asked Dangen to move away from traffic.

Again, Dangen swung his fist at the paramedic’s head and missed.

The paramedic returned to the ambulance and activated the duress alarm, which brought police and another ambulance.

On November 2, 2013 Dangen who works FIFO, was arrested.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards asked Dangen why he tried to punch someone who was trying to help him.

“He tried to grab me, so I moved my arm away,” he said.

“I didn’t make contact with him.”

Dangen has accumulated $3800 in outstanding fines since he arrived in Australia from New Zealand three-and-a-half years ago.

“He’s an ambulance officer, someone who is there to assist people in trouble and on the second occasion he tried to remove you from the road for your own safety,” Magistrate Edwards said.

She fined Dangen $2000 and ordered the amount to be paid to the paramedic.