A naked man on a bad hallucinogenic trip is accused of assaulting a police officer and an emergency medical worker who had come to help Sunday after he threw himself down the stairs of a home in Palmer Township.
"It started as a medical call," said Palmer detective Sgt. Timothy Ruoff. "It went bad from there."
Garrison L. Goodman, 31, of Upper Nazareth Township had taken "magic mushrooms" at 1202 Dunkle St. when he attempted to "dive or fly" down the steps from the second to the first floor, Ruoff said.
Brian Flavelle of Suburban Emergency Medical Services arrived about 1:25 a.m. to assist Goodman, who was suffering from a cut to his head and broken collarbone, Ruoff said.
Goodman was naked in the front yard and attacked Flavelle, Ruoff said, punching him several times in the head.
When Wilson policeman Marc Crisafulli also arrived, he was punched a number of times in the head by Goodman as well, Ruoff said.
The melee ended when Crisafulli shocked Goodman with a Taser and arrested him, Ruoff said.
Goodman was treated for his injuries at Easton Hospital, then arraigned by District Judge David Tidd and sent to Northampton County Prison under $50,000 bail.
Goodman faces charges that include aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
Flavelle and Crisafulli had head and neck pain, but were not seriously injured, Ruoff said.