Tahlequah Daily Press

July 2, 2013

Assault in TCH ER results in arrest of local man

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

HULBERT — Tahlequah police arrested a man Saturday afternoon when he allegedly attacked a hospital medic.

Police received a call of a combative patient at the Tahlequah City Hospital emergency room and were told the suspect – Jeremy Dwayne Dudley, 27 – had assaulted a medic who works with the hospital’s EMS service.

Medic Anthony Eden told police he transported Dudley to the emergency room by ambulance, and once Dudley arrived, he became combative and wouldn’t follow instructions of the medical staff.

Dudley refused to cooperate and began screaming at the staff. Eden then began to talk with Dudley and attempted to calm him down so he could be checked by the hospital staff.

Police said Dudley “became very angry” and was “in the face” of Eden, making threats to harm Eden.

The medic told police he felt he was in danger, so he grabbed Dudley and placed him on a bed. Dudley allegedly continued to make threats toward staff in the emergency room, and refused to cooperate.

Police arrested Dudley for assault and threatening to perform an act of violence.

Court records show Dudley was charged in May with public intoxication; in March with obstructing an officer; and has a previous charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, though that case was eventually dismissed.