GALLIPOLIS — A man previously indicted on charges of felony assault for shoving a Gallia County EMS medic has been arrested on charges of failing to appear for trial Monday.
Michael Huckleby, 29, of Powell, had a continued jury trial Monday morning assigned for the fourth-degree felony assault charge. He allegedly failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest by which Gallia County sheriff’s deputies took Huckleby into custody.
“(Huckleby) appeared late and the judge had already released the jury,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Trial was supposed to start at 9 a.m. and he was close to 10 a.m. arriving. According to the indictment, he is from Powell, Ohio, but he said in court today he had come from Sidney. The judge set a bond at $250,000 with a 10 percent secure.”
Huckleby was originally taken into custody for an incident in early December 2015 on Market Street in Bidwell, according to police reports. Reports say he allegedly spit on an individual and shoved a Gallia County EMS medic who was attempting to treat opioid overdosing individuals. Upon arriving on scene, deputies noted EMS members had pulled back from the immediate area of the overdosing victims.
The residence owner told deputies from her vehicle that she was driving people to the hospital before leaving. According to reports, Huckleby apparently kept saying someone owed him $800.
Reports state Huckleby allegedly said he sold crack cocaine and not heroin. He was taken into custody and transported to Gallia County Jail. At the time, Huckleby had an outstanding warrant for a prior failure to appear in court charge.
The Gallia County grand jury indicted Huckleby on fourth-degree felony assault for the ostensible shoving of the EMS medic in the middle of attempting to enact patient care.
According to a previous statement by Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Huckleby said he was unaware he was shoving an EMS member who entered the residence as he was there trying to recover money owed him for drug purchases.
According to Adkins, as part of the Ohio Revised Code section 29013.13, if the victim of an assault offense is a peace officer, investigator of BCI, a firefighter or individual performing emergency medical service while in performance of their official duties, assault charges are then considered fourth-degree felonies.