BAYONNE, NJ - A 51-year-old New York man’s refusal to wear a mask inside an ambulance escalated when he then allegedly spit at responding members of the Bayonne Police Department Tuesday.

According to Captain Eric Amato, the incident took place at approximately 10:39 a.m. in the area of 21st Street and Avenue E. Arriving on the scene, police were advised by EMS personnel that the patient, identified as James Watson, “had become unruly and refused orders to exit the ambulance after refusing to don a facemask in the ambulance.”

As police approached, the report continued, Watson “became increasingly irate and began spitting inside of the ambulance.” Watson also removed an item from the wall of the ambulance and threw it. 

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Watson, who has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest, then physically resisted the police officers by attempting to bite them, making contact with one of them and breaking the skin. Unable to control him, officers eventually deployed a short burst of pepper spray. The suspect continued to resist arrest before eventually being handcuffed and transported to the hospital for treatment. 

The injured officer also received treatment for the bite and a hand injury.

Editor's Note: Headline edited for clarity.

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