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Ambulance Timing Questioned In Altercation Involving Wake Deputies

Posted September 10, 2006

— For trauma calls, emergency responders try to transport a patient to the nearest emergency room within 10 minutes. Sometimes the trip for a non-life-threatening injury can take about 20 minutes. In the case involving three Wake deputies accused of roughing up a man, that time frame was nearly tripled.

The goal of paramedics is to get anyone injured treatment as soon as possible.

"I don't understand," said Robert Wise.

Three undercover drug officers are accused of beating and Macing Wise two weeks ago because he took up two parking spaces at a Garner restaurant. During the altercation, Wise's wife called 911 for help.

An ambulance arrived at the Applebee's four minutes after receiving the call, but paramedics didn't leave for the hospital for nearly an hour. Sources said the deputies wouldn't let them leave.

A patient care report obtained by Wise outlines the timeline. It says police released emergency medical services for transport to the emergency room at 7:26 p.m., 54 minutes after the ambulance arrived at the scene.

Wise said he doesn't fault the EMS crew.

"Those guys were sensitive. They were very kind," he said.

However, Wise continued to question the motivation of the three Wake County sheriff's deputies, who are now on administrative duties while the State Bureau of Investigation investigates.

"My wife still doesn't sleep, my daughter is still having nightmares, I'm still in pain," he said.

A spokesman for Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the case is being handled by the SBI, and would not comment on any specific details.


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