York City Police: Drunk homeless man assaulted EMT


A homeless man has been charged with injuring an EMT who was taking him to the hospital because he was too drunk to stand up Saturday afternoon, according to York City Police.

After receiving a call that a drunk man was being disorderly in the first block of West Market Street at about 2:50 p.m., police found Gregory Alan Zebley, 42, passed out in the mulch at Cherry Lane next to a bottle of vodka, according to charging documents.

The officer convinced Zebley, who said he was homeless, that Zebley was so drunk that he needed to go to the hospital, documents state.

While in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital, Zebley wanted chewing tobacco, and when emergency medical technicians wouldn't give him any, he got angry and violent, police allege. The EMTs tied him down to his stretcher, but he grabbed one of their hands and twisted her fingers, causing an injury, documents state.

Once he was well enough to be transported to the county's central booking unit, Zebley was charged with simple assault and public drunkenness, according to documents.

He's free on $10,000 bail, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

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