NORTH SMITHFIELD – An EMT who reportedly struck an arrested woman during a chaotic incident in August has been placed on a six month disciplinary probation by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
William LaBarre of North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service was responding to a call at police headquarters Monday, Aug. 8 after a woman, who had been arrested following a fight at the Hilltop Inn, passed out while in custody.
Mariah Dubois, 20, of Woonsocket, was ultimately charged with assault of a police officer and other official, along with two counts of disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.
NRI NOW reported on the arrest in September, obtaining a copy of the police report, which detailed the incident in which Dubois fought first with another motel patron and then with officers, according to police.
One in custody, Dubois told officers she was having an asthma attack and began going in and out of consciousness, according to the arrest report. A rescue was called, and she kicked Labarre while being secured to a stretcher in the ambulance. He responded by calling her an expletive and striking her in the leg with a closed fist.
She kicked at him again several times, eventually striking the EMT with enough force to push him out of the open doors of the rescue and onto the ground. LaBarre reportedly tried to get back into the rescue but was held back by police.
Health Department Emergency Medical Services Chief Jason Rhodes said that LaBarre’s behavior “constitutes unprofessional conduct,” in a consent agreement placing the EMT on a six month probation.
According to reports this week, LaBarre was initially criminally charged with simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct, but Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office dismissed the charges.
A grand jury, meanwhile, declined to indict Dubois, but she was held due to probation from a previous arrest.
In the consent agreement with the Health Department from Dec. 12, LaBarre was ordered to review EMS protocols and submit quarterly reports on his conduct and performance. He also reportedly attended anger management and de-escalation trainings.