Man charged after Ottawa ambulance attacked with golf club

A 61-year-old man is facing eight charges after an ambulance responding to a high priority call was blocked by an SUV and struck with a golf club on Monday, near the Experimental Farm.

Charges include uttering death threats, assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a vehicle

Multiple witnesses said a man struck the ambulance windshield with a golf club. (Via Twitter user Jason @smrtcar)

A 61-year-old man is facing eight charges after an ambulance responding to a high priority call was blocked by an SUV and struck with a golf club on Monday, near the Experimental Farm.

Ottawa police said in a media release Tuesday that the ambulance was travelling with lights and sirens on when "an SUV began following the ambulance, even going through red lights."

"After a short time, the SUV cut off the ambulance and stopped its progress. A man got out of the SUV and proceeded to hit the ambulance with a golf club," police said. It happened at about 12:30 p.m.

The two paramedics inside the ambulance weren't injured, though they were showered with broken glass from the windshield.

Another ambulance had to be sent to the original high priority call, which delayed treatment for the patient, police said.

A 61-year-old man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of uttering death threats, four counts of assault with a weapon, and mischief. 

He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.