Woman spits on paramedics, bites officer during overdose call, police say

The woman faces multiple charges of aggravated assault


Sarah M. Wojcik
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

BANGOR, Pa. — A 21-year-old spit at and bit police officers and paramedics after she began to exhibit signs of a drug overdose Sunday afternoon in Bangor, according to court records.

Katri Rachel Reid, whose address is unknown, faces multiple charges of aggravated assault after acting out against police and EMS workers, court documents show. She was sent to Northampton County Jail under $20,000 bail.

Bangor police arrested 21-year-old Katri Rachel Reid for allegedly assaulting officers and paramedics during an overdose call.
Bangor police arrested 21-year-old Katri Rachel Reid for allegedly assaulting officers and paramedics during an overdose call. (Photo/The Morning Call)

According to court records:

Police were summoned at 2:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of South First Street and Broadway in Bangor for a woman who appeared to be in the midst of an “altered mental” state. A dog who was with Reid began acting aggressively and police placed the animal in a squad car.

Moments later, Reid fell to the ground and began showing signs of a drug overdose. As police tried to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, Reid began to fight the officers. During the struggle, Reid bit the hand of a Bangor police officer and spit on his face as well as that of a state trooper.

Reid was loaded into an ambulance, but continued to struggle, spitting in the faces of two paramedics who were trying to help her.

Police said they found a hypodermic syringe, four white wax bags with residue and two white bags with suspected heroin inside on Reid.

Reid is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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