A 36-year-old man was arrested on an intoxicated assault of a public servant charge after striking a paramedic with his vehicle early Saturday, police said.

Waco police officers responded to a crash in a median near the intersection of Imperial Drive and Loop 340 shortly before 3:30 a.m., Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

ETMC responded and performed first aid on an individual in the crash.

As a paramedic was getting out of an ambulance, a car driven by Alec Nava, 36, left its lane and struck the paramedic between the car and the ambulance, Swanton said. The paramedic was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, he said. The paramedic, whose name was not released, was in critical condition, Swanton said.

Nava was arrested and charged with intoxicated assault of a public servant, a second-degree felony, and driving with an invalid license, a Class B misdemeanor.

"The men and women of ETMC are an extremely valuable resource to our community, saving our citizens' lives every day," Swanton wrote in a statement. "Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this line-of-duty injury."

Nava remained in McLennan County Jail with bond listed at $41,000 Saturday afternoon.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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