Man charged for alleged assault of paramedic

A New Jersey man has been jailed on charges of allegedly assaulting an on-duty female paramedic who was trying to help him onto a stretcher Wednesday night in the 1800 block of Hazel Drive, according to state police.

Donald Sims, 38, of Jersey City, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment following the incident at 1801 Hazel Drive about 6 p.m., police said.

Troopers and paramedics were dispatched to the property to investigate “a possible drug overdose,” police said.

Sims, the person believed to be ill, was sitting at a kitchen table, police said. As paramedic Gwendolyn Gummo was assisting him to a stretcher, he suddenly grabbed the paramedic, twisted her arm and pulled her to the floor, police said.

Sims was loaded into the back of an ambulance, but when a trooper attempted to question him, he was “coherent,” but refused to answer any questions or sit why someone call 9-1-1 to report why he was unresponsive≥

Arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Sims was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $90,000 bail.

Gummo suffered “bruising, redness and scratches on her right arm,” police said.