Portland Police Arrest Man Interfering with Firefighters Attempting to Treat Man Suffering an Overdose

January 02, 2013 21:50

  

This evening, Wednesday January 2, 2013, at 7:23 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Southeast Ogden Street to assist Portland Fire & Rescue after a subject suffering a possible drug overdose bit one of the firefighters.

Firefighters and paramedics assigned to Station 25 responded to the residence on the report of a barely conscious man possibly suffering from alcohol poisoning. When firefighters arrived, they began to treat the 19-year-old male who bit one of the firefighters on the leg.

Firefighters gained control of the thrashing man and got him strapped to a gurney and called for police to respond to the scene for assistance.

Other people were present at the residence and one of the men who arrived, later identified as 36-year-old Jeremy Michael Coffin, was verbally abusive towards the firefighters trying to assist the patient.

Firefighters started to walk towards the door to get police assistance and Coffin shut and locked the door and wouldn't let anyone leave the residence. After a few moments, Coffin unlocked the door and firefighters exited to wait for police to arrive.

Officers arrived at the scene and placed Coffin into custody.

The patient was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment for alcohol poisoning and a possible drug overdose.

Coffin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for Interfering with a Firefighter.

The case against the patient will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review of possible criminal charges.

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