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Lorain man accused of attacking EMT worker


LORAIN — A man with a violent past beat up paramedics on Wednesday and had to be put in restraints in an emergency room, according to police.

Todd Drake, 26, was charged with assault about 1 a.m. Wednesday after he allegedly punched a paramedic.

Around 12:30 a.m., police came to Drake’s house in the 2700 block of Denver Avenue to help Drake with a medical emergency, according to the police report.

Officers found Drake sitting on the curb in front of his house with a large cut on his forehead that he refused to explain, according to the report.

When paramedics arrived, Drake went with them into the ambulance. When one of the paramedics touched him on the back, Drake jumped at the paramedic, cursing and threatening him, police said. Drake then pushed the paramedic to the ground and started punching him, police said.

Police used a Taser on Drake and sat him up in a cot in the ambulance. When he head-butted a metal bar in the ambulance, police put him in the back of a police car where he started hitting his head “causing blood to spatter all over the back seat,” according to the report.

Officers took Drake outside and sat him in the snow until he told them he was cold and promised to behave, according to police.

But when officers took him to Mercy Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, he started flailing about and tried to knock over a hospital bed, police said. Police put Drake in restraints on the hospital bed.

The paramedic was treated at Mercy for a hand injury after the assault, according to police.

Drake has past arrests for assaults in West Virginia and an assault on a police officer in Ohio in July, according to police.

He was in Lorain County Jail on a $20,000 bond until his next court date Tuesday in Lorain Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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