W.Va. man pleads guilty to biting paramedic's finger

Quinton Ashley Andrews faces a prison term of 3-15 years when he's sentenced for malicious assault on emergency medical services personnel


By EMS1 Staff

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — A West Virginia man pleaded guilty to gnawing on a paramedic's finger for almost a minute.

According to WV News, Quinton Ashley Andrews admitted to injuring the paramedic in August 2018 after first responders were called and found Andrews unresponsive.

Police officers used a TASER and pepper spray on Quinton Ashley Andrews after he became hostile and bit a paramedic. (Photo/Pixabay)
Police officers used a TASER and pepper spray on Quinton Ashley Andrews after he became hostile and bit a paramedic. (Photo/Pixabay)

Andrews reportedly did not want to be transported to the hospital and became hostile, biting down on the paramedic's finger and ignoring verbal commands to stop. Police officers used both a TASER and pepper spray on Andrews, who only released the paramedic's finger when an officer hit him in the jaw. The paramedic ultimately suffered a severe laceration from the bite.

According to the Assistant Prosecutor James Armstrong, the attack lasted 56 seconds and could result in a three to five-year sentence for Andrews. His lawyer is seeking an alternate sentence, including home incarceration, as well as a drug and alcohol assessment.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify that the EMS provider involved in the assault was a paramedic.

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