DeKalb paramedic arrested, accused of raping woman who fell asleep in car

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A DeKalb County paramedic was arrested earlier this month on a rape charge, among others, after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who fell asleep at the wheel of her car.

Bruce Andre Hines, 45, of Atlanta, was taken into custody March 5, one day after a woman reported that he had raped her, DeKalb police confirmed. A spokesman for Stone Mountain-based ambulance operator American Medical Response said Hines was an employee there and had been placed on administrative leave.

“We were informed that employee Bruce Hines has been arrested on charges unrelated to his employment at AMR. Mr. Hines has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending investigation,” the spokesman said. “AMR is cooperating with law enforcement.”

In a recording of police radio traffic obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the officer who responded to the victim’s call can be heard requesting a special victims detective. The officer said the woman told him she had been driving on Glenwood Road around 3 a.m. on March 4 when she fell asleep. She was awakened when an ambulance pulled up alongside her and a paramedic told her she needed to move, the officer said.

A paramedic, later identified as Hines, said he would take the woman to a safe location, the officer said in his radio report. The officer said the woman told him Hines got out of the ambulance and into her car, then drove her to an unknown location and raped her.

Hines then had the woman call a friend to come get them, the officer said, and the woman’s friend dropped Hines off at his truck on Glenwood Road. Later that morning, the woman called 911 from the parking lot of a QuikTrip on Covington Highway, where the officer responded and called in the report.

According to court documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Hines admitted to sexually assaulting the woman in interviews with police. He also said he knew the woman was inebriated after leaving a nightclub, the news station reported.

Hines was booked into the DeKalb jail on one count each of rape and aggravated sodomy, online records show. In his booking photo, he is wearing a pullover labeling him as an emergency medical technician.

Hines remains in jail with a bond hearing scheduled for March 27, according to court records.