Suspect allegedly assaulted paramedic

Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:20


PLAINVILLE - A Bristol man has been accused of getting into a car accident in Plainville while under the influence and assaulting a paramedic.

Eric Deluca, 29, is facing charges of assault on an EMT, interfering with an officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance and improper passing.

According to the arrest warrant, police on May 16 at about 9:52 a.m. received a number of 911 calls reporting a car crash. Witnesses said they saw a blue pickup truck heading north on East Street in the southbound lane, traveling very fast, when it sideswiped another vehicle. The truck then spun out and hit a parked car, according to the warrant.

Police found Deluca unconscious in the driver seat of the pickup, the warrant said. The vehicle was not insured or registered. When Deluca regained consciousness, he appeared confused, police said. Deluca, who said he was not hurt, had to be pulled out of the truck because he would not come out on his own, police said in the warrant. He was then brought into an ambulance, where he flailed his arms and kicked his legs, according to the warrant.

Police and paramedics struggled to gain control of Deluca, but he continued to be uncooperative, police said. Officers used a taser on him three times, and he continued to struggle, police said.

Deluca, of 379 Main St., was eventually given a sedative and taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut. During the ambulance ride, the warrant said, he grabbed a paramedic by the shirt, causing her to fall and hit her forehead. Police said the woman had a minor abrasion as a result.

Deluca is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 12.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Plainville on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:20. Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:22.