February 16, 2010

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Man charged after spitting blood at EMTs, cops

NEWBURGH – A man who was being treated for injuries including those to his face, spit blood and mucus at EMTs who were trying to treat him and at cops who were trying to subdue him.

Alresch Jayawardena, 29, of 37 Cronomer Heights Drive in Newburgh was being treated before 3 a.m. on Sunday at 44 Grand Street after police received a report of a fight.

As Jayawardena fought with and yelled at EMTs, his roommate, Michael Ponder, 29, of Newburgh, started to interfere with EMTs and police and wouldn’t allow Jayawardena to be treated.

Both men were finally subdued and Jayawardena was taken to the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital emergency room, where he was uncooperative with doctors and medical staff.

EMTs and two police officers were treated for exposure.

Jayawardena was charged with obstructing emergency medical services and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Ponder was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation.

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