The crew, who were being filmed for TV3’s Paramedics, were attending to another man lying on the ground at the time who had become unresponsive and wouldn’t move.
Paramedics Denise Forde and Imelda O’Shea were first on the scene and immediately tried to get the man up off the ground. Gardaí were called and the man became violent, resulting in him being arrested.
To add to the commotion, a drunken passer-by decided to verbally and physically attack the paramedics, pushed O’Shea and called her a “scumbag”.
Eventually, the drunken man was taken off to the Garda station but the incident took up over an hour-and-a-half of precious ambulance time.
"The whole process took up a lot of our time and at the end of it, it’s nothing but drink," said Forde. "There was nothing medically wrong [with him]. We find that an awful lot of our high time calls are either drug or alcohol related."
The full episode will air tomorrow, November 30 at 8.30pm.
Also in tomorrow's episode, there’s a serious medical emergency when a foreign tourist collapses and suffers a serious head wound in Limerick and we hear some of the strangest and most unusual 999 calls, from temper tantrums, and tuning the TV, to a dog in imminent labour, and everything in between.