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PINE TOWNSHIP — A Venango County woman has been accused of assaulting emergency personnel who were treating her for an apparent drug overdose. EMTs also treated her daughter for a possible overdose earlier that evening.

Amy Tillia, 37, of Polk was arrested Friday night after an incident at her daughter's home in the 700 block of East Main Street Extension, where state police said she and her daughter allegedly overdosed on heroin.

The daughter, 19, is not currently facing any charges. State police said officers were called to her home at 9:16 p.m., and she was treated at Grove City Medical Center for a suspected heroin overdose.

Police were dispatched to the same home at 10:52 p.m. to treat the woman's mother – later identified as Tillia – who was also overdosing and needed medical attention, police said. She was taken to the hospital.

Less than a half-hour later, at 11:16 p.m., police were again dispatched to the hospital at the request of Superior Ambulance staff who reported issues with an overdose patient. According to a criminal complaint, four Superior Ambulance employees told police that they were treating Tillia at the Main Street residence when she became combative.

Police said Tillia tried to kick, bite and hit the emergency medical technicians. In the attack, she kicked one of them in the groin and pinched another's arms and scratched a third.

Tillia was charged by state police with four counts of aggravated assault, second-degree felonies, according to the criminal complaint.

She was arraigned Saturday by District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon, and sent to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $5,000 bond. She remained at the jail as of Monday afternoon.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 3 before District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township.