OPSO: Intoxicated man nearly hit by ambulance, cuts opens saline bags & drinks from them
A Ouachita Parish man is accused of cutting bags of saline open and drinking from them while in the back of an ambulance.
According to arrest records, it happened in the early morning hours of March 16. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says they were contacted by Acadian Ambulance Service after the ambulance nearly hit a man in the roadway at the intersection of Richwood Rd. #1 and Highway 165.
When deputies arrived, they found the man, identified as 55-year-old David L. Gardener, inside the back of the ambulance causing a disturbance. A deputy says Gardener used a knife to open a bag of saline and started drinking it. When the deputy told Gardener to exit the ambulance, Gardener refused and told the deputy he was thirsty, according to the report. The deputy says Gardener then cut open a second bag of saline and drank from it as well.
The deputy says he removed Gardener from the ambulance and Gardener took a swing at him. The deputy also says Gardener kicked him in the leg after being put into restraints.
The deputy noted that Gardener had a "strong odor commonly associated with alcoholic beverages about his person and his speech was severely slurred."
Gardener was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of disturbing the peace/drunkenness, battery of an officer, resisting an officer, simple criminal damage to property, and obstruction of a public passage.