The Aluva Police apprehended the driver of an SUV Thursday night after he willfully blocked the path of an ambulance carrying a newborn to a hospital here. The accused is out on bail.
“A case has been registered against Nirmal Jose for rash driving under Section 279 of the IPC. His car has been seized and will be produced in court. We will move to revoke his license,” Aluva Circle Inspector Vishal Johnson told indianexpress.com.
Jose is accused of blocking the path of the ambulance for nearly three kilometres while driving through the city causing valuable loss of time for the ambulance driver. The ambulance was ferrying a newborn baby, who was struggling to breathe, from a hospital in Perumbavoor on the outskirts of the city to the Kalamassery Government Medical College on Tuesday.
“Near Rajagiri hospital, the car came in front of my vehicle. Even though he had several instances to give me a pass, he kept driving in front of the ambulance. The car’s hazard lights were on. It usually takes 15 minutes for an emergency vehicle to make the trip. That day, it took me 35 minutes,” the ambulance driver told the Mathrubhumi news channel.
Visuals from the ambulance dashboard camera showed the SUV driver refusing to give way to the emergency vehicle despite excessive honking and wailing of the siren. The SUV is seen moving through the congested roads ahead of the ambulance even as other vehicles made way.