EMS supervisor attacked during medical aid call in South Boston
Donna Taylor, 37, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges that she struck the first responder multiple times and resisted arrest
By Steph Solis
MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.
BOSTON — A woman is facing multiple charges after attacking an EMS supervisor who was responding to a mutual aid call in South Boston, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
Donna Taylor, 37, of Boston was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges that she struck the first responder multiple times and resisted arrest, disrupting medical personnel responding to a call of an unconscious woman at an Old Colony Avenue residence.
Taylor was charged with assault and battery, assault on an ambulance personnel, assault and battery of a person age 60 or older, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace, according to a news release from Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio.
The incident occurred in days following another attack involving two EMTs. An on-duty EMT was stabbed multiple times in an ambulance Wednesday night. A second EMT in the ambulance was reportedly exposed to a chemical agent. The patient, Julie Tejeda, was arraigned Thursday on the charges.
Troopers Paul Conneely and Derek Tronca were conducting a traffic stop around 4:25 p.m. Thursday on Preble Circle when they heard someone yelling. Taylor had been trying to enter 313 Old Colony Avenue, but the EMS supervisor kept her out so first responders could tend to the unresponsive woman, Procopio said.
Troopers said they watched Taylor striking the EMS supervisor’s head and upper body. The supervisor pushed her away, but Taylor kept hitting them and the two ended up in the middle of traffic near Preble Circle, Procopio said.
Every day, every call has the potential for danger and the brave EMT's of @BOSTON_EMS continue to do their job serving and taking care of the @CityOfBoston. Their hard work, even on calls that don't make the news, make our City safer and we thank them for it. https://t.co/tkJxPCCvts— City of Boston Emergency Management (@AlertBoston) July 12, 2019
Troopers said they ordered Taylor to stop, but she didn’t comply. Troopers said she resisted arrest and, once in the police cruiser, slammed against the glass and kicked the door panel, Procopio said.
Taylor was taken to Massachusetts State Police South Boston. Troopers said she has outstanding warrants for a larceny charge and a destruction of property charge. Bail was set at $3,000 bail.
The EMS supervisor did not seek medical attention.
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