Patient Awaken with Narcan Accused of Threatening Pa. Crews

Aug. 06--TROY -- A 37-year-old Canton man who reportedly became combative after being treated by paramedics July 26 in Canton has been charged with drug-related offenses and summary disorderly conduct, according to court papers filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

The papers noted that Travis Levi Ott of Elm Street, Canton, was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail and faces a preliminary hearing before Wilcox at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

In an affidavit, Canton Police Officer Trey Kurtz said he received a call at around 6:33 p.m. July 26 from the Emergency Operations Center, informing him that Western EMS and Canton Fire Department had responded to an overdose at Ott's residence in which the patient, later identified as Ott, was being combative. Kurtz said that first responders told him that Ott was found by his mother and a friend, unresponsive in the upstairs bedroom. In addition, emergency responders told Kurtz that Ott was unresponsive and not breathing, with a weak heart rate. They administered Narcan and Ott began to breathe, eventually waking up on his own. The emergency responders said that when Ott woke up on the bathroom floor, he was irate, would not hold still or stay on the floor to be treated, forced his way up, pulled off his heart monitor patches and oxygen mask and ripped the IV from his arm, exposing blood that began to run down his arm. Afterwards, the paramedic reached out his hand and asked Ott to "come here" and "at least let me bandage that up for you."

According to the affidavit, Ott then raised a closed fist at the paramedic and, using a curse word, told the paramedic to not touch him or "I'll knock you out," or words to that effect. Then, Ott began yelling at everyone, using a curse word, and telling them to get out of his house.

Kurtz said that he was told that most of the first responders had walked out to "de-escalate the situation," but the few who remained described "Ott walking back and forth in the house as if he was looking for something."

According to Kurtz, Ott eventually walked downstairs, rolled a cigarette, and sat on the porch, smoking it. Kurtz said he asked Ott what happened, and Ott, using a curse word, told him to get off his porch. Ott was taken into custody and placed in the rear of the patrol vehicle, without further incident.

Kurtz said he returned inside the residence and found a red wash cloth, beside the kitchen sink, covering two hypodermic needles, one of which was loaded with 80 cc's of a clear, unknown substance, a 100 mcg/hr Fentanyl patch, a burnt spoon with residue, a small pocket knife, a cigarette filter, and a bottle cap. Kurtz was also told that Ott was found with a needle in his arm and "other things nearby his body."

In addition to summary disorderly conduct -- engage in fighting, Ott was charged with two misdemeanor counts of "prohibited acts; penalties," one for possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance and one for using, or possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.

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