Hilton woman allegedly assaults 2 Orleans deputies

Staff Reports Posted 10 May 2016 at 12:00 am

MURRAY – A Hilton woman allegedly assaulted two Orleans County deputies on Sunday, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Sara J. Harris, 34, of Hilton allegedly “head butted” Deputy Josh Narburgh in the face, causing a cut and swelling, and bit down on Deputy Devon Pahuta’s arm, breaking the skin, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said today.

Harris faces multiple charges following the incident in the Town of Murray. Deputies responded to a call at 6:20 a.m. on Sunday, when the 911 center received a frantic call for help from a residence located on Route 31 in Murray.

Deputies arrived and a man in the residence stated that his girlfriend was intoxicated, and had left the house following an altercation. It was also reported that she had an 8-year-old child with her and was bleeding from the leg.

As deputies were arriving in the area, Deputy Narburgh located Harris walking along Route 31. Narburgh reported that Harris then ran into a wooded area pulling and dragging the 8-year-child. Narburgh located Harris in a field.

Harris then allegedly physically resisted being handcuffed and did become disorderly, using profane and racially charged language towards deputies, Bourke said.

While in the patrol vehicle, Harris attempted to kick the windows out and banged her head on the partition. While being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for an evaluation, Harris allegedly became so out of control that an ambulance was called for her safety. While transferring Harris from the patrol vehicle to the ambulance, Harris allegedly was screaming, kicking and spitting on deputies.

She allegedly “head butted” Narburgh in the face and bit Deputy Pahuta’s arm. Deputy Martin Stirk also assisted at the scene. The deputies were treated for their injuries and released.

Harris on Monday was charged with disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing governmental administration, two counts of resisting arrest, and two counts of second degree assault on a police officer.

Harris was arraigned by Town of Murray Justice Gary Passarell. Bail was set at $500 and Harris is scheduled to appear in Murray Town Court on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.