Rock-throwing man attacks ambulance

An ''aggressive and agitated'' man ambushed a pair of Wellington paramedics by throwing rocks at their ambulance as they rushed to help a person suffering chest pains.

The incident happened about 11.30pm last night while the ambulance was travelling at high-speed with lights and sirens blaring through George St in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt.

Wellington Free Ambulance operations team manager Mark Shakespeare said the paramedics suddenly heard two loud bangs and saw their windscreen crack, forcing them off the road.

''They got out and that's when an aggressive-looking man emerged from the undergrowth and admitted to throwing the rocks before running off ... they said he was quite agitated.

''The paramedics were delayed a few minutes but fortunately there was enough vision left in the windscreen for them to continue their job and get their patient to hospital.

"A couple of inches lower and the entire windscreen would've been completely smashed,'' Shakespeare said.

Police had been notified but the paramedics did not get much of a look at the rock-thrower before he disappeared.

''No one got hurt on this occasion, but if the person suffering chest pains had been having a full-blown heart attack then it could've been quite serious. We don't have the time to spare on this sort of thing.''

The Dominion Post