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Man accused of attacking police, paramedics

A Monessen man faces trial on charges that he attacked a police officer and paramedics while they were trying to load him into an ambulance.

Dwayne T. Miller, 35, of 1419 Walnut St., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct after the June 7 incident at his residence.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday before District Justice Joseph Dalfonso of Monessen.

Police said they responded to a report of an unresponsive male at Miller’s residence. When they arrived, he apparently was sleeping. The officers revived him, but his speech was slurred and his eyes rolled back into his head.

Miller told police he had taken prescribed medication for a toothache. Mon Valley EMS arrived on scene and police told Miller he would have to go to the hospital to be evaluated.

They put him on a cot for the ambulance ride. Then, police say, Miller began yelling at his wife and tried to break out of the cot’s restraints.

The officers and paramedics forced him back onto the cot, then he began to attack them, police said.

He punched one paramedic in the face and broke Monessen Detective Sgt. John Mandarino’s nose, police said.

Miller also is accused of spitting on the officers and paramedics several times during the ride to the hospital.

The suspect received a mental health evaluation at the hospital.


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