Yesterday morning, GM reported about a rather disturbing tweet from the DC Fire and EMS twitter page:
@dcfireems: Update – EMS – 3000 blk Q St NW – violent patient – poss PCP – went beserk – crew sought refuge – patient in custody w/MPD – unit damaged
So a violent patient on PCP went berserk on the 3000 block of Q St? Yikes.
The AP came in and added clarity without really making the whole situation any less frightening for residents:
WASHINGTON (AP) – A man who became violent in an ambulance, forcing medics to flee, is in custody of the D.C. police.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the ambulance responded to an address on Q Street in northwest Washington shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.
Piringer says the patient was believed to be suffering from an overdose, possibly from PCP.
He says that after the patient became violent, the crew got out of the ambulance and radioed for police. The man damaged the ambulance, which has been taken out of service. Nobody was hurt.
Putting these two reports together it would seem that someone on the 3000 block of Q St. overdosed on PCP, attacked the ambulance crew (who had to seek refuge), and was arrested by MPD.
As a resident of the 3000 block of R St., GM was particularly concerned about this. So he reached out to Lieutenant Kim Gregory of MPD2D to clarify the situation. Turns out that what happened was that an individual under the influence of drugs was being transported to the hospital. On the way he broke free from his restraints and attacked the ambulance crew. This all just happened to occur while the ambulance was on the 3000 block of Q St.; he wasn’t actually picked up there.