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July 01, 2014

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.

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

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