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Greensburg man charged with faking diabetic emergency

Paul Peirce
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

Greensburg Police allege a city resident faked a diabetic emergency last week as he tried to avoid an arrest for public drunkenness.

Andre J. Sanders, 38, is charged with making false alarms to public agencies, making false reports to law enforcement and public intoxication following the incident on Sept. 26.

Sanders was placed in a holding cell in the police station about 10:33 a.m. for alleged public intoxication when he began yelling that he needed insulin and was having a diabetic emergency, Patrolman Regina McAtee reported in an affidavit filed before Senior District Judge James Albert.

McAtee said Mutual Aid ambulance paramedics who responded told officers “that after just a few questions the medics believed (Sanders) was lying about being diabetic because he did not know what insulin he took or how much.”

Authorities checked with relatives “who confirmed (Sanders) is not a diabetic and did not take insulin,” McAtee wrote in court papers filed with Albert.

Sanders has a preliminary hearing scheduled Oct. 26.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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