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December 28, 2012

Winfield woman charged with assaulting medical and law enforcement personnel

LEWISBURG — A Winfield woman found unconscious in a hotel restroom after using heroin kicked a nurse in the groin, told hospital staff she has hepatitis C, and bit and scratched law enforcement authorities, police say.

Jayme Clark, 31, was arraigned before District Judge Leo Armbruster on 19 criminal charges, including six felonies, after she allegedly injured two nurses at Evangelical Community Hospital’s emergency room, where Clark had been taken for treatment after she was found at 10 p.m. Dec. 14 in the restroom of the Hampton Inn lobby in Kelly Township.

She later bit one and scratched both correctional officers who were processing her at Union County Courthouse into the jail, where she is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. State police at Milton and Buffalo Valley Regional Police filed charges against Clark.

Troopers found Clark lying unconscious in the restroom. Emergency responders awoke Clark, who was disoriented and didn’t remember anything that had happened, according to court documents. She was taken for treatment to Evangelical, whose officials contacted police about 20 minutes later to report Clark was combative and trying to leave.

Police arrived at Evangelical and found Clark in the hallway of the emergency entrance. She would not follow their instructions to return calmly to the exam room, court documents state, and was forced into an exam room by two officers.

A nurse told police that before they arrived, he was trying to keep Clark from leaving and she kicked him in the groin, requiring medical treatment. Another nurse who tried to keep Clark from leaving told police she was scratched on her upper arm. Clark told hospital staff she is positive for hepatitis C, the affidavit states.

Buffalo Valley police said in court documents that Clark was taken from Evangelical to the courthouse to be processed into jail. Two male correctional officers escorted her to a restroom; one left to get Clark supplies while the other waited for her in the hallway, court documents state.

It was then that Clark burst out the restroom door and ran to the exit on the east side of the courthouse, police say. The officers caught Clark outside the courthouse door.

During their struggle, Clark allegedly bit one officer on the hand, scratched his hands and scratched the other officer’s hand. Both were left with open wounds, and the bitten officer required treatment at Evangelical.

Clark faces four counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated assault by a prisoner and one count of escape, all felonies. She also faces four counts of simple assault, two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of drug possession and one count of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. She also faces five summary counts of harassment, subjecting another to physical contact.

State police reported in court documents that in the restroom where Clark was found, they recovered a used hypodermic needle, four empty packets or heroin stamped “blue dream,” a crack pipe, a baggie with a white rock and a plastic cap. Searching Clark’s purse, which was in the sink, police found five unopened packets of heroin and six new hypodermic needles.

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