A New Jersey man with a blood alcohol content of 0.264 percent allegedly told police he “was of alcohol” and kicked an officer several times around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to Penn State police.
Jason New, 21, was reportedly staggering and stumbling west on the 600 block of West College Avenue when multiple cars drove within a few feet of him. New became verbally combative and had a very strong alcoholic odor on his breath, according to police.
New told police he “was of alcohol” when he meant to say he “was of age.”
An ambulance was requested by police due to New’s level of intoxication and combativeness, according to police.
After being placed in the ambulance, New pushed past an officer and exited the ambulance. Police told New to sit down on a stretcher, but he refused, which prompted police to sweep New’s legs out from under him to get him on the stretcher.
New kicked the officer in the right side of the jaw once and in the chest and stomach several times while on stretcher, according to police. Pictures were obtained after the incident and a muddy boot print could be seen on the officer’s face, according to police.
New was observed kicking at hospital security and a nurse who were attempting to get him on a bed, according to police.
New has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness. Bail was originally set at $5,000, but was changed to $10,000 unsecured bail after new information was obtained at arraignment on Sunday. Court records do not indicate what that information was.
New is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 7.