Man arrested at meeting had history of complaints
by TP staff
Mar 17, 2010 | 3610 views | 14 14 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The booking mug of Martin Evans, 49. Photo courtesy of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office
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Few people interviewed today on Bessie Avenue hate ambulances as much as Martin Evans, the man arrested after condemning lights and sirens in a belligerent Tuesday night tirade in front of Tracy’s City Council.

Evans, 49, was escorted from City Hall and arrested outside on suspicion of disrupting a public meeting and on suspicion of public intoxication after a screaming, finger-pointing diatribe about how about how an ambulance station near his home has turned his life into “13 years of hell.”

"You don't know what it's like," he told Capt. John Espinoza moments before his arrest. "It's 24, 7."

He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp and released today.

Evans did not answer the door at his neatly landscaped Bessie Avenue home, across the street and about a half block north of American Medical Response station at the corner of Bessie and Beverly Place, across the street from the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.

Neighbors on the quaint street said the ambulance business is no bother.

Alvaro Rodriguez five years ago moved immediately next door to American Medical Response, into a blue home surrounded by blooming flowers.

He said he never notices the ambulances, and few other disturbances on the street.

Some mornings, medics alert him before testing sirens on vehicles, which is OK with him, he said.

Businesses near Evans are familiar with his complaints.

A representative at Life Designs, a health club across from where ambulances take off, said Evans has complained in the past about lights in their building.

One ambulance company employee at the station today said Evans had bemoaned the amount of traffic in and out of the station

Barry Elzig, an AMR general manager who works in Stockton, said the business moved into the building 30 years ago.

He said generally, ambulances dispatched from Beverly Place wait to turn on lights and sirens until they’re on a main road.

“When we’re in residential areas, we try to be as quiet as we can, but it depends on the patient’s condition,” he said. “When we’re leaving and coming into a house, we’re just as noisy as the fire department.”

Evans grew up in Tracy, though what he does for a living is unclear. He was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness twice before, once in 2001 and again in 2003, said Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman.

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March 18, 2010
It has nothing to do with whether the city council likes what he had to say or not.....

The guy was DRUNK in public and he disrupted a public meeting and those were the two charges charges he was booked under. If you weren't there to see it, and not watching it on CH26 then go to an watch the video clip.

My opinon: he was a jerk and he ASKED to go to jail.

March 18, 2010
I haven't read too much of this. But from what I guess is this guy is pee-ooed over noise, sirens. I think the ambulances have a responsibility to respect the neighborhood and keep sirens to a minimum in that particular neighborhood, just to be a good neighbor. I would be mad too, to the point of getting sauced and complaining. If the ambulance drivers would not sound the sirens after 3 blocks for example maybe they would be more liked.

PS the tracy fire department had a HUGEASS HONKING AIRHORN that sounded at 8am 12 noon and 5pm in the old days. They got rid of it, it was too noisy for the neighborhood.
March 18, 2010
Of course we all need ambulance service.

Take them boyscouts to strip club so they can see how degrading it is to woman.LOL

Take the drunk part out of the guys issue.

Yes, he could have acted different. Sure.

Fire station has nothing to do with it,OK?

If the city council doesn't like what you have to say, You are outta there. Drunk, or, not!

Get it? Good.

March 18, 2010
Firestation on central was built when?

How many calls did they get back then? Back when they could run the hose over the fence?

Those police photos are worse than DMV.

Besides, Innocent till proven guilty.

I don't hate ambulance service or the folks that work there, you missed the point.

Do you want to measure how tall the flag pole is, or, it's length?
March 18, 2010
At least the boy scouts had something interesting to watch - Most meetings are a SNOOZE fest!
March 18, 2010
Freedom of Speech ! this guys has a gripe and he wants those over paid, just sit high on thier pedestal, wreaking this town as we speak City Counsel members to know that the deal is. And what ? the TPD of course dont have anything better to do but toss this "allgeded drunk" guy in the slammer ? please. Nice article Trashy Press ! =]
March 18, 2010
If he doesn't like it, then move! If you live near a hospital you are bound to hear sirens. I lived in this same neighborhood and it never bothered me. The sound of a siren may be annoying, but if it was you or a loved one in distress you would be grateful! Sounds like this guy is just unhappy in general.
March 18, 2010
Don't care what this guy's beef is, there is a right way and a wrong way to voice ones opinion and/or complain, and he did it the wrong way. The scouts attending the Council meeting where this happened definitely earned their merit badge. I'm sorry they had to see the worst in adult behavior, but Mr. Evans definitely showed them the kind of adult they should strive NOT to be!
March 18, 2010
Cody01, For the past 8 months ambulance service has been the topic of discussion on this website time and again. Most of the statements you made have been asked and answered (and many are just plain wrong). If you want the REAL FACTS, you don't have to look very far. If you just want to argue the merits, logistics, etc. of the ambulance service, I'm sure someone will oblige.
March 18, 2010
Ok the guy talking about suing the company is a fool and ignorant. Most times with AMR or other ambalance companies this would be a hub. This is the place the ambalances go to finish and switch drivers. The ambalances are actually stationed all over town. For instance I know I see one usually at 11th at McArthur another one at the Savemart on Schulte. I also see them at other spots. They do not all just sit there at the station and dispatch from there. Whether you like it or not they are a necessary part of our community. The one at the hospital is an integral part of being avail to move a critical patient or a patient that needs specialized treatment that is not avail at the Tracy facility. IE Childrens hospital, SF Heart center. As far as fire stations there are some of them in neighborhoods also. See Central Ave. If you hate it so much then move. It is just like living next to the railway. He is just a drunk with nothing better to do.
March 18, 2010
At least he can say that his drunken mug shot looks better than Glen Campbell or Nick Nolte's did.
March 18, 2010
I am backing the drunk guy. This article, his arrest, the speculation that he will retaliate against his neighbors. This is why the locals call this paper "The Trashy Press".

1. Ambulance service "IS NOT" fire dept., It is a private company.

2. A monopoly in this town.No competitors.That is illegal.

3. The "stupidist" place to have an ambulance Co, Is next to the hospital.Convenient for the owner is all.

4. The response time would be faster if they were someplace else. 11th Street is a parking lot.

5. Put an ambulance Co. on all 4 corners of Tracy.

That way they could pick up on the way to the hospital, instead of going to get and coming back.

If I were the drunk guy, I would file a lawsuit.
March 18, 2010
Few people interviewed on Bessie Ave. hate ambulances like this guy but, they do hate them?

Nobody hates ambulances.

And whats with this blooming flowers and landscaped yards crud?

It's that, who you know stuff AGAIN. This article is a straight up propaganda.

The person moved into the house 30 years ago, not the business.

But, the fire dept. is not located next door to you.

March 17, 2010
Way to Go Tracy Press For Blasting Out The Business name of the building directly next door to this looney! You know I see this a lot and it seems to me that this kind of press is just instigating. This guy is obviously off his rocker and he is already out of jail. So let's throw every one under the bus

and give this guy some new people to hate and harass. I see it all the time the press practically gives out the address of the person calling on the lawbreaker. Might as well hand the criminal a slip of paper that says the name of the person who called.I don't want retaliation on me and my family. It just seems so inappropriate and tabloid ish.

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