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A Bronx man was arrested today in South Jamesport after blocking a volunteer ambulance vehicle with his truck and attacking it with a metal pipe.

Hamlet Ramirez, 26, was arrested around 9:18 a.m. on Willow Street after obstructing a Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance with his dump truck and getting into the confrontation, Riverhead Police said in a press release. 

The ambulance was heading south on West Street in South Jamesport and attempted to make a left turn onto East Second Street, when it was blocked by Ramirez’s Vehicle, which was attempting to make a right turn onto East Second Street, police said.

The ambulance driver motioned for Ramirez’s vehicle to back up so the ambulance could get by. Ramirez refused to move, starting a verbal dispute over which vehicle has the right of way at the intersection, police said. Then Ramirez exited his vehicle and continued the verbal argument, before getting back into his vehicle and inching his truck towards the side of the ambulance, police said. 

The driver of the ambulance took evasive measures and drove up onto a nearby property and around the truck, police said. Ramirez got out of his truck with a metal pipe and began striking the rear portion of the ambulance and damaging the vehicle, police said.

Ramirez was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief, police said. He was transported to the Riverhead Police Department, where he was held for arraignment.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com