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Man arrested for allegedly attacking female paramedic in an ambulance

A city man has been jailed for savagely attacking a female paramedic who was trying to treat him in the back of an ambulance, city police alleged.

While on a stretcher, Orlando Wilford, 47, of 1324 W. Third St., suddenly “lunged at the paramedic, grabbed her by the hair and began to claw her face,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

The attack occurred at West Fourth and Walnut streets, where police and an ambulance crew were dispatched to investigate a man believed to be intoxicated about 5:10 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, the man, identified as Wilford, did speak, but “he uttered sentences that made no sense,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. A witness told police he had been on the ground for 15 minutes.

“His eyes were red, bloodshot and glassy,” an officer wrote of Wilford. He was placed on a stretcher and loaded into the back of the ambulance, police said.

Officers left the scene, but were called back minutes later after Wilford began allegedly attacking the female paramedic, who was climbing out of the back of the ambulance “with blood and cuts on her face” when officers reached the scene a second time.

Other paramedics aboard the ambulance attempted to intervene and assist the woman, who Wilford pinned in her seat with his body, police alleged.

Once the female paramedic managed to break free, two other paramedic restrained Wilford in the ambulance until officers arrived.

Wilford put up a struggle and an officer had to use a Taser gun to get him under control and handcuffed, according to court records.

Another paramedic suffered a cut to his right arm. The affidavit did not say what treatment the two paramedics received for their injuries.

Wilford was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.