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Woman accused of assaulting paramedic


CHARLESTOWN — A 21-year-old local woman faces assault charges that include punching a paramedic in the face after rescue and police personnel were called to her home Thursday.

Charlestown police charged Luisa Herndon, of 82 Alder Ave., with two counts of simple assault and/or battery and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, after being called to her residence by a person who indicated he discovered his girlfriend on the lawn in an agitated state.

Police said when they arrived on the scene, Herndon had been brought in the residence and was on the couch, but when awakened was not lucid. In a report on the incident, police said Herndon attempted to get up, was screaming, fell down or “ran into walls.” Police reported Herndon was placed in handcuffs “in the recovery position on the living room floor for her own safety.”

South Kingstown rescue was called to the scene because Charlestown Rescue personnel were not available at the time. Herndon allegedly began to fight and struggle with police and EMTs as she was placed in an ambulance. Once in the rescue truck, her handcuffs were removed. It was then, said Patrolman Scott Puckett, that “she punched a South Kingstown paramedic in the face.”

Puckett reports that while another Charlestown officer attempted to grab Herndon’s arm, she turned around and spit in his face.

Herndon was transported to South County Hospital. She was scheduled for arraignment in 4th Division District Court at a later date.

— A.J. Algier



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