Police: Kingston man became unresponsive while fighting officers

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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EDWARDSVILLE — An officer administered Narcan nasal spray to revive a man who became unresponsive while fighting with police along the levee near Kmart on Route 11, according to court records.

Police said they encountered Kenneth Michaels, 40, of Kingston, sleeping on the levee behind the store just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

During the encounter, court records say Michaels resisted arrest and stopped breathing at one point, forcing an officer to give him Narcan, which counters the effects of an opioid overdose.

Records indicate Michaels is scheduled for trial in Luzerne County Court next week on charges he sucker-punched a man, breaking his jaw at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Jan. 18.

According to a criminal complaint from Tuesday’s incident:

Officers from Edwardsville and Larksville responded to the levee to check on a man lying on the ground.

Michaels told police he was OK after he was awakened, but he was detained when he gave a false last name.

When police noticed Michaels had glossy eyes and was unsteady on his feet, he was told he was being arrested.

Michaels then ran down the levee as two officers deployed Tasers that had no effect in slowing him.

Police tackled Michaels in a wooded area where he continued to resist by kicking and punching at the two officers.

During the fight, police said Michaels became unresponsive and stopped breathing.

An officer administered Narcan to revive him.

Michaels was arraigned Wednesday by Senior District Judge Ronald Swank in Luzerne County Central Court on two counts each of simple assault and harassment, and one count each of resisting arrest, false identification to law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the county lockup for lack of $5,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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