Woman gets 30 days for attack on paramedic


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A woman who pleaded no contest to assaulting a paramedic in May was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail.

V’Aira Vaughn-Lewis, 21, of Willow Street, was in tears as Judge Elizabeth Kobly in municipal court said she should be ashamed of attacking the Rural Metro paramedic May 8 on a North Truesdale Avenue porch.

“This man was trying to help you, and this is how he gets repaid?” Judge Kobly said.

Judge Kobly also said she was equally upset that Vaughn-Lewis, who has children, was drunk enough at 8:30 a.m. the day she was arrested to require medical attention.

“I didn’t really mean to,” Vaughn-Lewis said through tears. “I didn’t mean to hit him. I’ve been beat on before, and I know it’s not OK.”

The paramedic was present but he did not address the court. When asked by Judge Kobly, however, the paramedic said Vaughn-Lewis kicked him in the head and arm.

Her attorney, William Blanchard, said his client knows she has an anger-management problem and a drinking problem and already has checked herself into counseling for both.

Reports said police were called to the home in the 300 block of North Truesdale Avenue for a report of a woman on a porch, and when they arrived, they found Lewis down on the porch experiencing what police described as “dry heaves.”

Reports said her speech was slurred and she smelled heavily of alcohol.

Vaughn-Lewis told police she came to visit a man in the home with whom she has a “side relationship,” but he would not let her inside, reports said. Reports said officers asked the woman if someone could give her a ride home because she appeared to be very drunk, and Vaughn-Lewis told them she wanted the man in the house to give her a ride home.

However, the man in the house told police that “rides home” are not part of the “benefits” of a side relationship and he refused to give Vaughn-Lewis a ride home, reports said.

Because of her condition and also because Vaughn-Lewis refused to tell police who could take her home, an ambulance was called for her, reports said. She then became upset when her cellphone was taken, which is when she attacked the paramedic, reports said.

A presentence report recommended no jail time, but Judge Kobly said she thought jail time was necessary because of who was attacked and also because she had two convictions for offenses of violence in juvenile court.

Judge Kobly suspended 150 days of Vaughn-Lewis’ sentence, but if she violates her probation, the remaining days will be reimposed. Vaughn-Lewis also was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol and anger management treatment.

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