NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a New York City prosecutor punched and choked an emergency medical technician as she tried to bring him to a hospital.
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino was arraigned in Manhattan on assault and other charges Saturday. His lawyer didn't immediately respond to phone and email messages. A message left at a possible relative's home wasn't immediately returned.
It's unclear why EMTs approached the 30-year-old while he walked on the Brooklyn Bridge around 1 a.m. Saturday.
Police say once Jaccarino was in an ambulance, he unstrapped himself from a stretcher. A court complaint says he hit a technician in the face and squeezed her neck with his hands.
She was treated for bruises.
Jaccarino has been suspended without pay from the DA's office. He's worked there since 2008.
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