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'Nincompoop' stands in way of emergency responders

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Apparently this “buffoon” thought giving firefighters the middle finger was the real emergency.

A man reportedly blocked the path of a fire engine at Haight and Stanyan streets Saturday afternoon, delaying emergency personnel who were responding to a medical call for a 16-year-old girl who was intoxicated and semi-conscious.

The incident occurred at about 2:25 p.m., as thousands of pot smokers were assembling in nearby Golden Gate Park for the annual “4/20” gathering.

The suspect reportedly stood in the middle of the street “waving an upraised middle finger” at the firefighters, Park Station police Capt. Greg Corrales said.

“The fire engine had red lights and a siren on,” Corrales said.

Two officers on the scene “relocated” the man, who Corrales called a “nincompoop.” The suspect would later enjoy “the hospitality of Park Station’s holding cell,” the police captain said.

Corrales has flipped out over being flipped off in the past.

On July 17, 2010, when he was captain at Mission Station, another buffoon reportedly stood in front of a fire truck that had been pulling out of the station at 19th and Folsom streets. The firefighters were responding to a serious car accident, according to police, but the man figured it was more important to give the crew his middle finger.

The suspect moved only when intimidated by the firefighters, police said, and he was subsequently arrested. Corrales called that man a “surly scoundrel,” but perhaps a little more vulgarity is in order.

maldax@sfexaminer.com