Drunken man harassed paramedics, police say

Published Aug. 20, 2012

CLEARWATER — An Arizona man who claimed he was licensed as an emergency rescue worker was arrested Sunday night after trying to tell Clearwater Fire and Rescue paramedics how to treat an intoxicated woman, according to jail records. Peter Memoli, 21, was on Clearwater Beach Sunday evening, arrest affidavits state, and was in a "severely intoxicated" state. When paramedics began trying to treat the intoxicated woman, he started to harangue them, police said. Memoli "was trying to tell the Clearwater paramedics how to do their job as he was thrusting his Arizona Department of Public Safety paramedic license in their face," according to the affidavits. It could not be independently verified that Memoli is a licensed paramedic. When Memoli was arrested and handcuffed, he refused to move and "taunted" police to use a Taser stun gun on him. They didn't take the dare, but Memoli was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence. He was released on $400 bond.