Piedmont Medical patient upset about pain meds charged with assaulting doctor, tech

07/14/2014 1:19 PM

07/14/2014 1:44 PM

A York man was charged with assault Sunday after police say he became upset with hospital employees and took a swing at both a technician and doctor, threatening to cause further harm if they didn’t give him pain medication.

Police detectives were informed about an 8 a.m. assault at Piedmont Medical Center involving a patient, according to a Rock Hill police report. The detectives noticed Gene Brakefield, 34, in a physical confrontation with a security guard. Police detained Brakefield and learned he was at the hospital to receive treatment for injuries he suffered during a fight earlier that morning while he was walking home from Huddle House in York.

Brakefield was in pain, the report states, and demanded medication. Employees told police that while a technician gave Brakefield a CT scan, he became irate and swung at the woman, the report states. Hospital officials took Brakefield back to his room, but he became irate again because of his pain and was upset that he was not given medicine. Brakefield confronted his doctor, pointed at him and said, “unless you give me some medication, I am going to (expletive) this place up.”

He then took a swing at the doctor, police reported. Security officers were notified and asked Brakefield to leave. When he refused, they tried to remove him but the suspect resisted and a struggle ensued. Brakefield was arrested and charged with three counts of third-degree assault and battery.

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