A Winder police officer injured his knee while trying to restrain a mental patient at Barrow Regional Medical Center.
Officers were dispatched to the hospital after medical personnel requested help controlling an unruly patient.
The patient, a 28-year-old male, was at the hospital because he believed magazines were talking to him. Hospital personnel were working to have the man admitted to a mental health facility.
The patient refused to stay in the hospital room and, at one point, insisted that he wanted a lawyer. The officers escorted him back into the room.
Five minutes later, the patient walked out of the room with a magazine in his hand saying he could not stay in the room any longer. When one of the officers told the patient to return to his room, the patient yelled “No!” and attempted to run.
One of the officers landed on his knee after wrestling the patient to the ground.
During the struggle, the patient screamed that the magazine was talking to him and that the officers needed to read what was inside the magazine.
The patient was then secured to the bed with restraints and medicated.
The officer’s knee was not broken, but he was advised that he would have to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor before returning to active duty.
Other recent incidents investigated by Winder Police include:
• agency assist on South Myrtle Street. Emergency medical personnel contacted police after becoming suspicious of the circumstances surrounding a man’s injuries. EMS was concerned that proper aid had not been rendered to the victim by his housemate. EMS later advised that the victim had been to the emergency room eight times in the past two years for similar injuries.
• burglary on Second Street. A woman returned home from vacation to discover her home had been burglarized. A Sony Playstation 3, game controllers, numerous games, a cell phone and a laptop computer were among the items taken.
• harassment on Georgia Avenue. A woman said her ex-boyfriend’s mother had been harassing her via Facebook.
• theft by taking on West Athens Street. Golf clubs, tools, clothing and military gear were among the items reported missing from a serviceman’s storage unit. The mother of the serviceman discovered the theft. Her son is currently serving overseas.
• burglary on Third Avenue. A transmission, power tools and wheels were stolen out of a locked garage.
• criminal trespass on Monroe Highway. A Jeep rolled into a handicap parking sign after the owner forgot to set the parking brake.
• entering auto on Graham Street. A woman reported that someone had stolen the battery out of her car.
• accident on Lanthier Street. A woman was involved in a minor accident and she and the other party decided not to file a report. When the woman returned to work, her boss instructed her to file a report since she had a client in the vehicle with her at the time of the accident.
• damage to property on Fifth Avenue. A woman’s vehicle was damaged while it was parked at Winder Barrow High School.
• damage to property on Second Street. A woman reported that her vehicle was damaged while it was parked outside her home.
• burglary on East Midland Avenue. Thieves stripped electrical wiring from a closed business.
• burglary on Valleyview Drive. Two knives valued at $20 were reported missing.
• theft on Sherwood Drive. A woman left her cell phone outside. When she returned to retrieve it, the cell phone was missing.
• theft on King Street. A woman said someone stole her son’s bike, but left another bike in its place. The second bike was later retrieved by the owner who said it had been stolen out of his yard earlier that day.
06/11/10 at 09:47 AM
is physical disorder - just like diabetes or epilepsy or any other illness. It would seem cruel to print the details about how a seizing person looked and what they did during a seizure; the same for a diabetic - they say and do some crazy-seeming things when their blood sugar is low. Just because law enforcement is called and a report is written doesn't mean it's newsworthy - sometimes it's just a sick person being sick.