Grand Jury Charge: EMS Workers Attacked by Man on Synthetic Pot

Published 07/23 2014 11:37AM

Updated 07/23 2014 06:20PM

By Anna Wiernicki
LUBBOCK, TX -- On Tuesday the grand jury indicted Byron Whitfield, 27, who was accused of attacking two EMS workers on June 27 while under the influence of synthetic marijuana.

Whitfield was charged for assault, resisting arrest search or transport, evading arrest or detention and public intoxication.

Derek Evans and Cory Buck were the UMC Emergency Medical Services workers who responded to a call on June 27.  Prosecutors said after the grand jury meeting that Whitfield punched Evans and Buck.

Now that Whitfield has been indicted, the prosecutors and Whifield’s defense will prepare for trial.  There might also be negotiations for a possible plea bargain.

Officials have said that synthetic marijuana has been on the rise in Lubbock.  In June Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell announced a crackdown on smoke shops that offer synthetic pot because he said it is dangerous to both the user and to other people in their presence.

Donnie Henry, UMC EMS Senior Field Training Officer, said his team has been taking additional precautions to prepare for patients under the influence of synthetic marijuana.

“We do scene awareness classes in the training department to get crews ready for when they pull up on scene,” Henry said. “We also carry new medications that are helping us get these people under control so that we can properly treat them and get them the treatment that they need.”

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