Pennsylvania Man Charged with Assaulting Paramedic

SUNBURY, PA. — An intoxicated Pennsylvania man is accused of hitting a paramedic in her abdomen and later tired to squirt blood on her when he ripped his IV out.

Keith Elliott, 23, now faces two felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, according to a report by the Daily Item.

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Police told the newspaper they were called to a Sunoco gas station Jan. 27 for a man struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. Elliott was sitting on the floor of the gas station and smelled of alcohol. He had a bump on his head and was bleeding, but his bicycle was not damaged.

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Once inside the ambulance, Elliott allegedly began striking the paramedic several times in her abdomen. Elliott is then accused of trying to rip out his IV and get blood on the paramedic and a police officer.

He was medically sedated when he arrived at the hospital. Elliott was sent to jail on $100,000 cash bail.

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