By Stu Skerker
ATTLEBORO – A 19-year-old was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly assaulted a city firefighter trying to assist him after a vehicle crash.
Patrick Thornley, 19, of 52 Brown St., was charged with disorderly conduct, assault on ambulance personnel and interference with a firefighter.
According to police Lt. James Keane, rescue personnel were on an unrelated call when they arrived at an accident on Washington Street (Route 1) in the area of the Days Inn, and noticed the passenger, later identified as Thornley, flee the scene.
The accident took place at 5:09 a.m., when the car in which he was a passenger struck a snow bank. The driver of the vehicle wasn’t injured, and wasn’t charged, said Keane.
Paramedics, fearing Thornley was injured, ran after him. He then allegedly became combative and attempted to assault the firefighters at least once, police said. He continued to flee up Mendon Road, when he allegedly assaulted the paramedic, police said. He ran to his home on Brown Street, where he was arrested. He was released on bail, and is expected to be arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Monday.