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Man attacks EMT’s




today (Wednesday) for a Millstone man who allegedly tried to hurt three emergency medical technicians at an Ermine gas station last week.

The EMTs responded to a call after Eddie D. Craft, 41, was reportedly having a seizure at the Ermine Double Kwik. Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Michael Burton said the EMTs said upon their arrival Craft acted strange and became aggressive pocketknife and began swinging around the knife within close range of the EMTs. Craft dropped the pocketknife and one of the EMTs placed it in his pocket.

Burton said when police arrived, Craft ran across Highway 119 toward Messenger Florist. Burton said he was under the impression that Craft still had the pocketknife in his possession.

“When we caught up to (Craft) I told (Craft) to show his hands and he would not comply,” wrote Burton in a police citation. “I then deplo yed my X26 Taser.”

Burton said when Craft fell to the ground he put his arms under him and would not show his hands when asked by Burton. Burton then deployed the Taser for a second time.

“When we got (Craft) cuffed he tried to resist and pull the prongs of the Taser out,” wrote Burton. “I told (Craft) to quit resisting and he wouldn’t so I then had to give (Craft) another round from the Tas er.”

Burton said Craft complied from that point on.

“He wouldn’t have gotten Tased three times if I had known he didn’t have a knife,” said Burton.

Burton said Craft was taken to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital where medical personnel said Craft did not have a seizure, heart problems or any pain. Craft was then taken to the Letcher County Jail. He has since been released from jail on $1,000 bond.

Craft was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Burton said toxicology tests are still pending but drug use is suspected.


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