reply to post by ANNED
Same thing happened to me a number of years ago when I was a Volunteer in the local Fire Service.
Happened across an accident at pretty much the same time an off-duty Police Officer.
I went in to check the driver, who was still alive but pretty banged up and bleeding.
He was wedged in under his dashboard, A and B pillars were crushed and doors stuck solid...so I left the off-duty Cop to monitor the driver, ran back
to my truck and came back with the axe, spade and other tools I had in there...
...started cutting into the roof-line to peel it back so Emergency Services could get access easier/quicker when they arrived.
You know as well as I do its a race against the clock and seconds DO matter!
This off-duty Cop pushed me away - ordered me to stop doing that - as he "could smell alcohol in the vehicle and this could be a potential
crime-scene and any evidence could be disturbed or destroyed if I continued trying to cut away metal"
I told him in pretty foul language to be honest (probably not a good thing, but hey) to pull his head outa his butt and get out of the way if he
isn't going to help as this driver could be bleeding to death right now - every second counts.
He took my axe off me, tossed it down the bank and ordered me to stand back or he'd arrest me.
I told him where to go, went back in to try and pry the roof back and open the door with the spade...and this Cop jumped me, pinned me down until
Emergency Services arrived probably about 5 minutes later...
They took another 5-10 minutes to free him and get him into the back of the Ambo...the driver bled out and died in the Ambo on the way...
I got charged with threatening that Officer with a weapon (Spade)...bollicks, I didn't, I waved it with a "Get out of the way man, we have to get
that door open and roof back so they can get him out quicker".
Charge eventually got dropped...but that driver, well, I firmly believe he could well be alive today if I/we were allowed to have gotten most of the
clearance work done to save time instead of waiting and watching until Emergency Services arrived...
Sucks mightly...especially for that drivers family...