BOISE ID June 17 2012 – Police say a hospital patient who tried to punch, then scratch a police officer in May, has been arrested and charged with a felony.
Officers say 42-year-old Lee S. Yates was arrested early Friday morning. Yates is accused of felony battery of a police officer stemming from an incident on May 25th when he allegedly became violent toward hospital staff and police officers.
Why wasn’t he arrested at the time? Police spokesman Chuck McClure told KTVB that outstanding medical issues made the case more difficult.
“There were medical issues involved, so he was routed for a warrant to the prosecutor,” McClure said.
Police say a further investigation by the Ada County Prosecutor’s office showed that Yates was fully aware that he was attacking law enforcement officers at the time.
He’s currently in the Ada County jail.