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Sandwich Frustration Leads To Road Rage In Surrey, B.C.

04/11/2014 03:45 EDT | Updated 04/11/2014 03:59 EDT

A B.C. driver, who decided that his hunger for a sandwich was more important than an emergency medical situation, was fined almost $400.

An elderly customer at Sue's Bookshelf in Surrey collapsed on Tuesday morning.

"She had quit breathing and had lost consciousness and had fallen to the floor," RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet told The Huffington Post B.C.

Firefighters and an ambulance responded to the scene, and placed cones around their emergency vehicles that were parked near the bookstore in the Newton Village strip mall.

A man driving a green van began honking at the ambulance that was blocking his way, reported Surrey Now.

He was apparently trying to reach a sandwich place for lunch, but was frustrated by the emergency vehicles, said Paquet.

The impatient driver ended up driving over some of the cones in an attempt to get around the ambulance. When a firefighter put up his hand to stop the van — it kept going. The van's passenger side mirror clipped the firefighter's hand, resulting in minor injuries, said Paquet.

The driver was followed to a nearby hair salon, and ticketed for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Paquet said the fines total almost $400.

"We don't know if he got his sandwich or not, but it certainly cost him a lot more than he expected," said Paquet.

He added: "Too many people are in a hurry to get to where they are going, and poor planning usually leads to poor decisions."

The 25-year-old Surrey man is known to police.

The senior who collapsed is recovering in hospital, said Surrey Now.

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