Police: Athens patient choked paramedic, injured officer

Police: Athens patient choked paramedic, injured officer
Jesus Ceja (Athens Police Department)

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - An Athens man was picked up for medical evaluation and ended up behind bars.

Athens police say at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, EMTs were tending to 26-year-old Jesus Ceja after family members reported that he seemed to be under the influence of an unknown substance. He had reportedly been jumping on top of their car, causing significant damage earlier in the morning.

Officers were dispatched to the residence to assist. They said Ceja was loaded onto a stretcher and placed in a waiting ambulance to be transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital.

Moments later, Ceja began fighting with the EMTs in the ambulance, according to police. The first officer to get back to the ambulance said Ceja was choking one of the paramedics. He and the other officer said they worked to free the EMT and get Ceja under control. Police say during the struggle, Ceja lunged at officers and landed on the right knee of one. The officer required treatment for his knee.

Ceja was eventually restrained and transported to the hospital for treatment.

When Ceja was released from the hospital Wednesday evening, he was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault. This includes one count for the officer and one for the paramedic. He was also charged with one count of third-degree domestic violence and one count of disorderly conduct.

As of Thursday, he was still waiting for bond to be set at the Limestone County Jail.

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