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(a) No person shall knowingly do any of the following:
(1) Hamper the lawful operations of any law enforcement officer, fire-fighter, rescuer, medical person, emergency medical services person or other authorized person, engaged in the person's duties at the scene of a fire, accident, disaster, riot or emergency of any kind;
(2) Fail to obey the lawful order of any law enforcement officer engaged in the law enforcement officer's duties at the scene of or in connection with a fire, accident, disaster, riot or emergency of any kind.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit access or deny information to any news media representative in the lawful exercise of the news media representatives duties.
(c) “Emergency medical services person” is the singular of “emergency medical services personnel” as defined in Ohio R.C. 2133.21.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of misconduct at an emergency. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, misconduct at an emergency is a minor misdemeanor. If a violation of this section creates a risk of physical harm to persons or property, misconduct at an emergency is a misdemeanor of the first degree. The penalty shall be as provided in Section 698.02.