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Sleepy Hollow EMTs at odds with police chief over stun-gun case

SLEEPY HOLLOW – Police Chief Jimmy Warren did not wait for a paramedic to evaluate a 16-year-old who was shocked with a stun gun before deciding the boy did not require further medical treatment.

Emergency medical technicians from the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corps were prepared to take Duanny Lara Mota to the hospital Aug. 27 when Warren intervened and ordered the boy be taken into police headquarters.

The department’s “Taser” policy does not require hospitalization in similar circumstances, but does require that a paramedic evaluate the patient to determine if further medical treatment is needed.

Mota had been stopped by Detective Jose Quinoy and Officer Paul Nelson for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. When the officers said they would have to take the bike to police headquarters to check if it had been stolen, Mota began cursing and yelling at them. Mota then shoved Quinoy and ran off, police said. He was caught and struggled again with Quinoy, who directed Nelson to shoot the teenager with the stun gun.

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