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A drunken York City man who was giving ambulance personnel trouble ended up punching a police officer who came to help, according to police.

York City Police say Derek Matthew McElligott, 35, was under the influence of alcohol when he became combative with officers at his home Tuesday, Dec. 19.

McElligott, of the 800 block of South George Street, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

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Response: Officers responded to his residence to assist White Rose Ambulance with a violent subject at McElligott's home about 7:30 p.m.

Lt. Matt Leitzel said White Rose Ambulance responded to the residence for a report of a fall. He said it's not clear who the call was intended for but that McElligott was not allowing EMTs to enter the home.

According to court documents, police tried convincing McElligott to go to the hospital and sleep off his "intoxicated state."

McElligott then put his face to an officer's face and took multiple swings at the officer, according to police. 

A couple of swings, police say, hit the officer.

McElligott was taken to the ground and placed under arrest, according to charging documents.

Leitzel, who oversees the city's detective bureau, said the officer was hit but not injured.

McElligott was taken to central booking, where he was arraigned on the charges. He remained in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail as of Dec. 26. He does not have an attorney listed.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 at District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr.'s office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

 

 

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