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Patient Refuses to Leave Doctors Hospital & Fights Cops


A Doctors Hospital patient who refused to leave after being discharged ended up with more injuries after cops arrived.

Melvin Rogers, 65, of Warrenton, had been checked out Nov. 16 when he refused to leave. It was 10:26 p.m. when Deputy Jeffrey Adams arrived and told him to finish putting on his shoes and exit the building.

Rogers stated that he did not have to leave the hospital. So Deputy Adams threatened him with arrest.

“Rogers continued to refuse and became more irate,” Deputy Adams said in his report. “I then attempted to take control of Rogers and place him under arrest. As I grabbed Rogers’ right arm, he pulled away from me then pushed forward, causing both of us to fall to the ground.”

Deputy Dillon Wright assisted Deputy Adams in placing Rogers in handcuffs. The officers attempted to lift the suspect into a standing position.

Rogers “dropped his weight causing him to fall from our grasp, at which point he struck his left eye on the floor,” the report says. “A contusion formed over his left eye but Rogers refused any medical attention from hospital staff.”

So Rogers went from the hospital to jail on charges of criminal trespass and misdemeanor obstruction.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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