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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Police carried a Columbus man accused of public intoxication into the jail after he struggled with officers at the hospital and refused to walk.
Josh Fivecoat, 29, was arrested Thursday evening on a preliminary charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
Columbus Police Sgt. Jason Christophel, assisted by Patrolmen John Searle and John Velten, responded to a domestic disturbance call at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the area of 22nd and Pennsylvania streets.
The officers found Fivecoat, who police said had slurred speech and smelled of alcoholic beverages, nearby on Hawcreek Avenue. Fivecoat allegedly refused to take a portable breath test.
Fivecoat was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical clearance before he was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on the public intoxication charge. He grew agitated and tried to pull away from officers at the hospital, said Sgt. Matt Harris, a spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
He said Fivecoat grew increasingly belligerent and made several references that he would fight officers and hospital security if he wasn't handcuffed. He also taunted officers to use their Tasers on him, Harris said.
The officers did not use their Tasers but applied more restraints after Fivecoat hit his head on a wall and a window in the room and spit at the officers.
Once the hospital cleared Fivecoat, he allegedly refused to walk to a patrol car. The officers had to carry him out of the hospital to the car and later carry him into the jail, where he was booked in on the preliminary charges.
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