Last updated: October 22. 2013 11:21PM - 2748 Views
JON O’CONNELL joconnell@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — First came a shove, and then the cuffs.

City police officer Yuannis Polemitis was driving his cruiser through an intersection around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Crown Fried Chicken along South Main Street when Miles Nolan, who was standing on the sidewalk, was shoved from behind into the path of Polemitis’ moving vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

Polemitis swerved, but clipped Nolan with his front fender, police said. Nolan’s alleged attacker, Ruth Ann Publik, stayed on the scene while Polemitis checked on Nolan, police said.

The man was conscious and did not appear to be injured. Later, he refused treatment from paramedics called in to check on him, police said.

Polemitis turned his attention to Publik, who was still on the scene. Police said the officer was handcuffing her when she snapped at Nolan.

“See, Miles, now you got your wish,” Publik said, according to police.

Publik was arraigned before District Judge John Hasay on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. She was also charged with harassment and then jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5 before District Judge Rick Cronauer.

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