A thug being taken to hospital punched and kicked ambulance staff trying to help him, ‘donkey kicked’ a paramedic and shouted racist abuse.
Nicholas Frost, of Kendal Road, in Ellistown, launched the shocking attack just minutes into the journey.
After the attack, he tried to drive the ambulance.
The 29-year-old had been picked up by the ambulance outside a nightclub in Ashby at 2.15am on Saturday, July 8, after he had fallen over and suffered a minor head injury.
Ray Woolley, an East Midlands Ambulance Service technician, was driving the ambulance and had to pullover as the attack unfolded.
He said: “He tried to get my colleague on the floor and when he was unsuccessful, he put him into a headlock and kept punching him in the head.
“I was petrified. I’ve never been to an incident where there has been that level of violence. It makes me feel vulnerable, and this will stay with me for a long time.”
Police had called for an ambulance for Frost when he was injured when he fell over.
A paramedic in an ambulance car and a crewed ambulance were deployed to the incident where they found Frost shouting racist abuse.
Frost was agitated, but calmed down and allowed crews to carry out observations.
However, seven minutes into the journey Frost unclipped himself from the stretcher and became aggressive towards a trainee technician who was assisting him.
Mr Woolley pulled over and when the vehicle stopped, Joanne Brint, the paramedic in the ambulance car who had been following the vehicle to hospital, attempted to pull Frost away from his victim.
He then ‘donkey-kicked’ her out of the rear doors of the ambulance, before punching Mr Woolley in the side of the head.
Frost then ran into a hedgerow before returning to the vehicle and attempting to drive it.
Police were called and they were able to restrain Frost.
Frost appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on August 9, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating, one count of racially aggravated harassment and one count of obstructing and resisting a constable in his line of duty.
Frost was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, and ordered to pay compensation to the victims.
Mark Ward, assistant local security management specialist at East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to any level of abuse or assault against our staff.”