Thursday, April 24, 2014
Kennebec Journal staff report
SIDNEY — A man is charged with drunken driving and assaulting hospital staff after a car crash Saturday afternoon on Middle Road.
Shane Gurney, 36, of Augusta, was charged with operating under the influence and assault on an emergency medical care provider after he allegedly crashed his truck and then kicked an emergency room physician in the groin.
The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Saturday near street number 3509 on Middle Road. Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy Toby Pond, who responded to the call for help, found Gurney walking outside his Toyota pickup truck, which was in the ditch, Pond wrote in an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court.
Gurney, whose face was bleeding, made several nonsensical statements to Pond and slammed his hands on the hood of the deputy’s marked cruiser, Pond wrote.
“I could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from his mouth area and his speech was extremely slurred,” Pond wrote.
Gurney reportedly struggled when Pond tried to put him in the cruiser. He also struggled with crews from Sidney fire and rescue, Pond wrote.
Gurney was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for treatment. He had to be restrained and covered with two spit shields after trying to spit blood at emergency room workers, Pond wrote.
“While being treated in the ER Shane decided to kick the attending physician ... in the groin,” Pond said.
Gurney was later taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.