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Hospital fight, lands three in jail

Monday, February 13, 2006

While attending to the medical needs of two juveniles in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital Thursday afternoon, two Clay County Sheriff's Deputies called for assistance while attempting to subdue and arrest three males for fighting in the hospital.

Deputy Brison Swearingen and Sgt. Dan Best said they were at the emergency room nurse's station when loud noises coming from the one of the hallways caught their attention. When a female screamed "stop," the two officers ran toward the sound of the disturbance and observed three males fighting in the hallway next to the Radiology Department.

Ordering the combatants to stop fighting, Sgt. Best stepped into the middle of the three men in an attempt to stop them from trying to punch each other while Deputy Swearingen pulled one of the men away from the fight.

To better secure the situation, the two officers requested backup and were assisted by other department personnel and members of the Brazil City Police Department.

The three men refused to comply with the officers and continued to fight with each other while being taken into custody.

According to the incident report, one wall had items knocked off it in the X-ray department and Sgt. Best's uniform was slightly damaged during the struggle, but no injuries were reported.

William Daniel Bewley Sr., 36, Christopher Lee Patterson, 42, and Ronald Joseph Patterson, 41, were arrested and taken to Clay County Jail for preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and mischief.

Upon arrival, Jail Officer Richard Swearingen discovered two plastic bags, one containing red jelly beans and the other containing two oval pills, on Ronald Joseph Patterson. As the search continued, the jail officers discovered the bag with the pills had disappeared, but another pat down located the bag in Patterson's hand.

An additional charge for possession of a controlled substance was added to Patterson's booking information, making his cash bond $7,000. The other two men were taken into custody by jail personnel without incident with their bonds set at $5,000.

All three men were custody at the Clay County Jail awaiting arraignment as of press time.

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