COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A drug-addled man assaulted a Chicago Fire Department EMT as they were in an ambulance on the way to the hospital Saturday afternoon, according to prosecutors and police documents.
Marek Sas, 35, was charged with aggravated battery of an EMT and another aggravated battery charge.
Emergency responders picked up Sas in the 5200 block of South Pulaski Road about noon because he was suffering from a condition caused by heroin and alcohol, according to police documents.
On the way to Holy Cross Hospital, Sas became agitated and busted out of his restraints, Assistant State's Attorney Ron Park said in court Sunday.
Sas then began to punch and choke the EMT, Park said. The man's partner, who was driving the ambulance, saw Sas with his hands around the 56-year-old man's throat, according to Park and police documents.
After choking him, Sas slammed the EMT's head against the side rail of the ambulance, according to the documents. The victim's partner drove to the Chicago Lawn police station, 3420 W. 63rd Street, to get help.
Cops took Sas into custody and continued on to Holy Cross Hospital for his treatment, where he was in good condition but placed in restraints, according to the police documents.
The EMT suffered bruising on his head, face and neck but was in good condition, police said.
Judge James Brown ordered Sas, of the 5100 block of South Latrobe Avenue, held in lieu of $150,000 bail.