Drunk man punched firefighter in face, police say

The man had reportedly fallen off of his moped and became belligerent with first responders when they arrived to help


Anna Ortiz
The Times, Munster, Ind.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — After witnesses called 911 for a man who fell off his moped in an Italian restaurant parking lot, he allegedly became belligerent with responding firefighters and police.

Matthew D. Mattingly, 31, of Vincennes, was charged with battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement, intimidation, driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction and disorderly conduct, according to Indiana State Police.

Matthew D. Mattingly, 31, was charged with DWI, battery against a public safety official and other crimes after allegedly punching a firefighter in the face after falling off of his moped. (Photo/Todd Ringle-Indiana State Police Evansville District Facebook)
Matthew D. Mattingly, 31, was charged with DWI, battery against a public safety official and other crimes after allegedly punching a firefighter in the face after falling off of his moped. (Photo/Todd Ringle-Indiana State Police Evansville District Facebook)

At 6:50 p.m. Friday first responders were called to the Gardos Italian Oven restaurant parking lot at 13220 Darmstadt Road in Evansville. Indiana State Police, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s police and the Scott Township Fire Department were met with a man who reportedly fell of his moped and was injured.

Police said Mattingly was intoxicated and was unable to perform standard field sobriety tests and also refused to do a chemical test.

He then hit a female firefighter in the face as firefighters checked him out for injuries at the scene, according to Indiana State Police. After that, he allegedly resisted arrest, threatening the police officers. Mattingly was taken into custody and is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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