O'Hara man accused of assaulting police officer, EMS workers
By Tom McGee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12:50 p.m.
Sharpsburg police accuse a man they tried to assist of assaulting three EMS officers and a police officer.
Daniel A. Mellinger, 33, of Kittanning Pike in O'Hara Township, was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest after an incident at CoGo's on North Canal Street in Sharpsburg.
Police said crews were dispatched to the store's parking lot on Feb. 2 after Mellinger fell.
When a member of the Seneca EMS crew began to help him, police accuse Mellinger of becoming violent.
Mellinger is also accused of trying to headbutt a crew member.
According to the criminal complaint, he tried to strike a Sharpsburg police officer and members of the EMS crew.
When he was handcuffed and placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance, police accuse him of kicking a member of the EMS crew. During an attempt to prevent him from harming other crew members, Mellinger is accused of breaking the thumb of a Sharpsburg police officer. He was treated at UPMC-St. Margaret hospital near Aspinwall.
Mellinger admitted to using heroin and Xanax that day, according to the police report.
Bond was set for $30,000. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday at District Judge Elissa Lang's court.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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