Phony medic got job as 999 driver

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A convicted fake paramedic tricked his way into a job as an ambulance driver less than three years after being banned from posing as a member of the emergency services.

Leigh Westerman was employed as an ambulance technician by Arriva for nearly two weeks in April. He was caught out after a picture of himself in front of the vehicle, posted on his Facebook page, was reported to police.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard Westerman of East Avenue, South Elmsall, had faked medical certificates and a DBS check so he could qualify for a job as an ambulance worker.

Karen Medley, prosecuting, said he applied to Jigsaw Medical Recruitment, who placed him with Arriva, where he worked shifts between April 4 and April 14. His colleagues referred to him as a “blue light junkie” because he sometimes used the emergency lights when they weren’t needed.

The job meant Westerman had the go-ahead to administer first aid, use a defibrillator and resuscitate patients. Westerman, 31, who was issued with a five year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) in 2012 after pretending to be a traffic warden and a paramedic, admitted to police that he had been working as an Arriva ambulance driver. But he denied using the lights.

Ruth Gill, defending, said Westerman had “some attraction to the emergency services”.

“Fortunately, they were shortlived appointments and he was very quickly detected. Even more fortunately there is no evidence to suggest that any patients at any time were subjected to any harm due to his involvement,” she added.

Westerman, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and to breaching his ASBO, which banned him from having flashing lights on his vehicle, wearing clothing simulating that of an emergency services worker or behaving like a member of an emergency team.

Magistrates’ chair Steve Jones sentenced him to ten months in prison, saying he had put the public at risk. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and given a lifetime Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from contacting the emergency services without a genuine emergency, posing as a member of the services or trying to gain work with them.