Paramedic punched in face, dragged out of ambulance in savage attack

A French tourist has lashed out at emergency services, brutally attacking paramedics as they responded to an incident at a backpackers hostel in Queensland early this morning.

Police say paramedics were called to the Minnie Street hostel in Cairns at around 3.40am after receiving reports that a man was feeling unwell at the location.

Upon arrival, ambulance officers were forced to phone for police backup and retreat back to their vehicle after being confronted by the agitated man.


The man is then alleged to have rushed at the ambulance and lashed out at a female paramedic in the passenger seat.

Police said the man allegedly punched the 42-year-old female paramedic in the head, before dragging her out of the vehicle.

The female paramedic’s male colleague raced to her aid, restraining the French tourist until police arrived and took him into custody.

He was taken to Cairns Base Hospital for treatment for medical issues before being discharged and transported to the Cairns police watchhouse.

He has since been charged with one count of serious assault of a public officer and is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court this afternoon.