AUSTIN -- It's a growing threat to first responders that's legal to buy in certain stores.
Last week a paramedic was kicked in the throat so violently by the person she was trying to help that she had to be taken to a hospital. Giovanni Leask, 18, is charged with third degree felony assault on a public servant.
The incident is an example of what first responders are now facing because of a drug known as Bath Salts.
"Years ago paramedics getting assaulted was unheard of," said Warren Hassinger with Austin-Travis County EMS. "There has been an increase for whatever reason."
Friday afternoon witnesses saw Leask jumping off the top of the Pfluger Bridge near Lamar and into Lady Bird Lake. A couple called police after they say he swam to shore and became verbally abusive. Officers found him near Auditorium Shores wearing only boxer shorts. When paramedics attempted to put him on a stretc