On Jan 29 at 10:38 p.m., Newburgh Police report that officers were dispatched to the area of 165 Chambers St for a naked male running down the street. Officers arrived on scene and observed a male lying on the sidewalk, with his pants around his ankles, and a citizen attempting to assist the individual.
The male was identified to be Lamel Johnson. Residents on the street informed officers that they believed Johnson was having a bad reaction to PCP, a mind altering narcotic commonly referred to as Angel Dust.
Officers requested a Mobile Life Ambulance to the scene in order to care for Mr. Johnson and transport him to Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. While waiting for the ambulance, According to police, Johnson noticed officers on scene and became agitated. When Mobile Life Paramedics arrived Johnson did not wish to go in the ambulance, but according to police was still a clear danger to himself and/or other citizens on the street.
Mobile Life personnel and officers had to restrain Johnson on the ambulance stretcher. Officer Quinn was attempting to control Johnson’s upper body using his left hand. Johnson was able to reach Officer Quinn’s hand with his mouth and bit his hand in the fatty palm area.
Officer Quinn was able to remove his hand from Johnson’s mouth and officers were able to fully restrain him.
Johnson and Officer Quinn were both transported to Montefiore St. Luke’s ER for treatment. Quinn suffered a tear due to the bite which caused bleeding, bruising, pain and swelling. Johnson was charged with Assault 2nd.