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Man charged for trying to film heroin overdose resuscitation

He refused to leave and shoved an officer as police, firefighters and EMS workers treated an unresponsive woman in a Pa. bathroom

By Kirstin Kennedy
Beaver County Times

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — A city man is facing charges after he interfered with and attempted to videotape emergency crews while they were resuscitating a woman who overdosed on heroin, police said.

He later fought with officers who tried to stop him, Aliquippa police said.

First responders were called to the 300 block of Cooper Street in Aliquippa about 8:15 p.m. Saturday when a woman was found unresponsive in the bathroom, police said. As police officers, firefighters and EMS responders tried to help the woman, several people attempted to enter the bathroom and disrupt the treatment. Everyone was ordered out and told to leave, police said.

According to the report, Llewellyn English, 51, reentered the room and began recording the treatment on his phone. He was told to stop, but refused, police said. Police informed English he was violating HIPAA regulations and was interfering in their attempt to help the patient. According to the report, the woman undergoing the treatment became irritated by English as he disrupted the process.

English was taken outside where he refused to leave and still tried to record the woman and emergency responders as they left the home, police said. According to the report, police then tried to take English into custody for his conduct. He would not comply and shoved an officer in an effort to get away from police. He fought with police until they arrested him.

English of 107 Todd St. is charged with aggravated and simple assault, obstruction of a government function, obstruction of EMS, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness by Aliquippa police.

Police did not release the medical status of the woman who overdosed; however, they did note she was conscious as English was arrested.

According to online court documents, English was taken to the Beaver County Jail after failing to post a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 8, records show.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 the Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.)

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Erika Remlinger Lansford Erika Remlinger Lansford Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:36:26 AM "According to the report, the woman undergoing the treatment became irritated by English as he disrupted the process." Or... the Narcan kicked in. lol
Ray Kemp Ray Kemp Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:50:29 AM The police told the man he was violating "HIPAA regulations"? Shows you how much the police don't know about HIPAA..
Dominick Walenczak Dominick Walenczak Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:06:50 PM Seems very much like a previous case. In that case, the gentleman was found Not Guilty. We have to be used to the fact that, in current society, we may be videotaped at any time, any place. We must be considerate of our patient's privacy while also respecting the rights of private citizens to record in a public place.
Chris L. Kerrigan Chris L. Kerrigan Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:07:33 PM The HIPPA Police, literally.
Karl Washere Karl Washere Tuesday, July 01, 2014 1:23:11 PM Great Now we as tax payer pay for his Jail time makes perfect sense to me Enjoy your stay I hope they feed you Lobster N Steak wonderful!
Jonathan Farrow Jonathan Farrow Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:25:04 PM HIPAA doesn't apply to the Police or the guy filming. The charges will be dropped. The police will be lucky to just get out from under this quietly or with a canned apology. Don't fight with people with cameras its a great way to end up on the news or internet looking like an ass. Do your job in a professional manner, move the patient to the rig. Its a lot easier to stop someone from filming inside an ambulance than in a public place. Think about how the public will perceive your actions when the douche with the camera uploads the film to youtube.
Nate Zecco Nate Zecco Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:44:44 PM HIPAA doesn't apply to non-healthcare workers. Although it's not a public place, so filming isn't allowed unless he had permission of hte home-owner/tenant. But this guy isn't going to get charged with anything that will stick I'm assuming.
Chris Drennan Chris Drennan Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:00:00 PM Mmmmmm...........
Michael Elvin Michael Elvin Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:48:51 PM Our deputies and troopers understand that securing a scene means getting everyone away from medics & patient who doesn't need to be there! If we ask that a "pain in butt" be removed, they are, in cuffs if need be. We love our protective brothers & sisters in law enforcement :-)
Greg Mills Greg Mills Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:31:23 PM Isnt it his right to film in a public place? Was he actually "interfering" or did the personnel just not like it and threaten him with bogus "HIPPA" charges and say he was "interfering"? I think personnel are more afraid of being filmed doing something inappropriate than concerned about protecting the population's civil rights. If the man was truly interfering that's one thing... if he was an observer advocate for civil rights and high quality patient care and filming for that reason its another. I guess well see...
Jenni Heuer Jenni Heuer Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:48:05 PM Who cares if the police were incorrect in stating HIPPA? This woman has a right to privacy! If I were receiving emergency care I wouldn't want someone filming me. She is a patient and needs to be treated with dignity and respect. This guy filming needs a lesson in that. I'm glad the cops arrested him and I hope the charges stick.
Steve Trenhaile Steve Trenhaile Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:59:18 PM what an idiot...suppose he would have had it on you tube..very least interferring
Richard Bunten Richard Bunten Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:22:37 PM It's about patient confidentiality and having a intoxicated bystandards out of the treatment area. That was the right thing to do. He had no right to record the patient. Good job officers.
Mike Ledgerwood Mike Ledgerwood Wednesday, July 02, 2014 1:07:03 AM Neither do most people. There are other privacy laws that protect patients but everyone knows the term HIPAA so it is used to reflect patient privacy.
Mike Ledgerwood Mike Ledgerwood Wednesday, July 02, 2014 1:11:17 AM When is a bathroom a "public place". Last time I checked it is illegal to video anything in a bathroom. Little thing called expectation of privacy and all.
Dakota Cortez Dakota Cortez Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:28:56 AM Some people commenting here fail to note he was never charged with "HIPAA violations", he was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, resisting arrest, obstruction, etc because not only did he fail to stop being in the way of responders and actively trying to get in the way, but he was pushing/shoving to do so. Sounds like a good arrest in my book.
Ray Kemp Ray Kemp Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:43:15 AM I agree that a bathroom is considered an area of expected privacy, no argument there. Brandishing HIPAA violations in general is what I find quite silly. My guess is interference with the scene, etc. is what he'll be held accountable for. Most likely the cops heard the acronym HIPAA from the medics and assumed it was a law of criminal nature that applied to everyone.
Mike S. Dumond Sr Mike S. Dumond Sr Wednesday, July 02, 2014 2:49:47 PM If I have to walk around you to get to my patient, or to get to my bag, or to get to my rig, you are in the way. If I have to do it twice, you will be removed.
Brandon Prill Brandon Prill Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:34:42 PM Our fire lieutenants or captains just go politely ask people not film, or discreetly add something to the effect of "you know, that is someone's family member there...right?".
Brandon Prill Brandon Prill Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:37:05 PM never had an issue though otherwise. Every moment in this job is a PR opportunity, which is something many would do well to remember. We all want to be respected as professionals, yet so many refuse to look or act the part. Those who look like slobs and act like complete knuckle draggers are usually the first to cry when they aren't being afforded the respect they feel entitled too.
Charlie Cronk Charlie Cronk Monday, July 14, 2014 11:39:40 AM That was very rude. This patient was in critical need of medical help and this jerk disrupted it!!!! He should be ashamed of himself!
Charlie Cronk Charlie Cronk Monday, July 14, 2014 11:44:28 AM AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

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