Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2013

Belligerent crash victim assaults medic en route to hospital

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — An early Tuesday morning crash on State Highway 10 led to a Tahlequah City Hospital medic’s being assaulted.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies were sent to State Highway 10 shortly before 3 a.m. for the rollover crash.

An 18-year-old Tahlequah man was later loaded into an ambulance, which then started transporting the patient to a local hospital.

Deputies were called to meet up with the ambulance near 530 Road and S.H. 10 when medics in the ambulance said the patient became combative.

Medic Kevin Cobb said he was adjusting the patient’s cervical collar when the man deliberately punched him in the face, hitting his glasses and nose.

The patient then became belligerent while trying to get off the cot he was on, and the driver of the ambulance was forced to stop and help keep the man under control until deputies arrived a few minutes later.

The patient was placed into handcuffs and Deputy Michael Cates rode in the back of the ambulance with Cobb and the patient until they arrived at the hospital.

Cates said the patient smelled of alcohol and allegedly admitted he had consumed two large beers.