Injured DC officer waited 35 minutes for ambulance that never came

A D.C. police officer injured during a scuffle with a man he was trying to arrest waited more than 35 minutes for an ambulance that never came.

Instead, the officer with cuts, bruises and a twisted knee was taken to the hospital in a police cruiser.

Tuesday night,  a couple of police officers were trying to arrest a man in front of a liquor store in Northeast when the man suddenly bolted and one of the officers had to tackle him on the sidewalk.

The officer suffered some scrapes and cuts to his hands and knees and asked for an ambulance. But after 15 minutes of waiting, the only help to arrive on the scene was a fire engine with a crew of firefighters who eventually advised the cops they wouldn't be seeing an ambulance anytime soon.

According to an officer who was on the scene, the police dispatcher at the 911 center was told repeatedly an ambulance was needed near the intersection of 4th and Rhode Island Avenue but for whatever reason seemed confused.

The officer, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, says the dispatcher spent about 15 minutes making notification to D.C. Fire and EMS and kept asking for the location over and over again.

According to a timeline obtained by FOX 5, the first help for the officer was dispatched at 6:40 p.m., about 10 minutes after the incident began. That timeline now shows an ambulance was never put on the call and after 38 minutes the police gave up and took the injured officer to the hospital.

This is the latest in a string of troubling incidents involving long waits for ambulances. The Office of Unified Communications says it's investigating.


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