West Michigan paramedic stabbed by patient in Novi

Francis X. Donnelly
The Detroit News

Novi — A western Michigan paramedic was stabbed in Metro Detroit on Tuesday after stopping to help someone along a busy highway.

The paramedic, who works for Life EMS in Grand Rapids, was treated and released from a hospital Wednesday.

The alleged attacker, who was on drugs, was arrested and taken to Oakland County Jail, said police. The criminal charges weren't specified.

The names of the paramedic and alleged attacker weren't released by the Michigan State Police.

The incident occurred Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when a two-person crew from Life EMS was returning to Grand Rapids after transporting a patient to Metro Detroit.

The paramedics noticed a man crawling from nearby woods to their stretch of Interstate 96 in Novi, said police.

The crew stopped, placed the man on a stretcher and moved him into the ambulance, when he suddenly produced a knife and stabbed one of the paramedics.

The crew members pushed him out of the vehicle, locked the doors and called police.