A local man allegedly turned violent when emergency personnel and members of the state police responded to a possible suicide attempt in the late hours of Oct. 31, according to court records.
Joshua Alan Smith, 23, of 2757 Lycoming Creek Road, Apt. 3, Loyalsock Township, faces charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and felony aggravated assault after allegedly punching a police officer several times.
According to court records, Smith told medical personnel that he had taken a large amount of an unnamed prescription medication, in an attempt to kill himself.
Police noted in the affidavit that Smith also appeared to be intoxicated during the incident.
Smith was escorted to an ambulance, which was to take him to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for psychological evaluation. However, once inside, he seems to have changed his mind. He told police and personnel that he was refusing treatment and attempted to exit the ambulance, according to court records.
When officers attempted to prevent him from leaving, Smith allegedly turned violent. According to court documents, Smith punched one officer in the left shoulder and arm before he was physically restrained and placed on an ambulance bed.
Smith was taken to the hospital, where he received a mental evaluation, according to police.
He was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp late Friday evening. Smith is incarcerated in lieu of $20,000.