OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma state trooper who pulled over an ambulance with a patient inside and then scuffled with a paramedic had every right to make the stop since the vehicle did not have its emergency lights and sirens on, an attorney said yesterday.

Interest in the May 24 incident has soared since authorities released video over the weekend that was taken by the dashboard camera in trooper Daniel Martin's patrol car. The video shows paramedic Maurice White Jr. repeatedly telling Martin he has a patient in the back and wants to go to the hospital.

James said Martin had a legal right to pull over the ambulance for failing to yield the right of way when the patrol unit tried to pass it moments earlier.

On the video, Martin tells White to get back into the ambulance and says he wants to talk with the driver, whom he accuses of making an obscene gesture at him. *