Brave Stansted paramedic tackles drunk driver on M11
A HERO paramedic based at Stansted ambulance station has been praised for his bravery in tackling a drunk driver. Courageous Pete Kelly of the East of England Ambulance Service suffered a fracture to his thumb and a bite to his arm while apprehending a
A "HERO" paramedic based at Stansted ambulance station has been praised for his bravery in tackling a drunk driver.
Courageous Pete Kelly of the East of England Ambulance Service suffered a fracture to his thumb and a bite to his arm while apprehending a reckless motorist.
He has now been presented with a prestigious award by the High Sheriff of Essex, Rupert Gosling.
Pete said: "It's really satisfying to be presented with this award. It was quite a frightening experience at the time, but I knew I couldn't allow this man to endanger innocent road users.
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"It's also good to know that he has since served a sentence for his crime and hopefully won't be doing anything like this again."
Pete had been driving on the M11 one evening, on his way to work, when he spotted a car being driven erratically and narrowly missing other vehicles. It was clear to Pete that the driver was either ill or drunk, so he decided to intervene.
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He managed to get the driver to pull off near junction 8 of the M11, and Pete parked his car in a fend-off position, preventing the other vehicle from re-entering traffic. He then approached the driver and, once he realised he was drunk, removed the keys from the ignition.
The man then got angry, but Pete stayed calm and stood his ground. At one point, the man managed to get his keys back and rammed his car into the back of Pete's vehicle.
Eventually a few other members of the public stopped at the scene and helped Pete to manage the situation until the police arrived and detained the drunk driver.
At the ceremony, held at Chelmsford Crown Court to honour members of the public who have made extraordinary contributions to the preservation of law and order, the High Sheriff praised Pete's actions.
He said: "This was an exceptional act of civic responsibility. You protected public safety by recognising that this man was driving in a way that was clearly dangerous, and you took action to protect the public safety."
Neil Storey, the East of England Ambulance Service's associate director of emergency operations, added: "As an ambulance service, we are really proud of Pete. While we would never encourage our staff to put themselves in danger, Pete's actions epitomise the value that we place on preserving human life. He showed real courage, and I'm really pleased that he has received this award.