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Paramedic attacked at Cairns hostel

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 David Sigston

Police have charged a man who allegedly punched a female paramedic in the face and dragged her from her vehicle outside a backpackers in far north Queensland.

A pair of paramedics were treating a 21-year-old male French tourist who was feeling unwell at the Minnie Street hostel in Cairns at around 3.40am on Wednesday.

A QAS spokeswoman said the man, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, became agitated and aggressive towards the paramedics who retreated to their ambulance.

Police say the man rushed towards the ambulance, punching the woman, 42, in the face and dragging her out of the vehicle.

He was restrained by the male paramedic and members of the public and sedated.

The female paramedic suffered facial injuries, while her alleged attacker was taken to Cairns Base Hospital in police custody.

He was discharged mid-morning and charged with serious assault of a public officer.

He is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

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