A disturbance Thursday night at Sister of Mercy Health System’s interim hospital in Joplin led to the arrest of a 56-year-old man on suspicion of theft, resisting arrest and felony possession of prescription drugs.
Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said an officer responded to the hospital at 2817 S. St. John’s Blvd. shortly before 11 p.m. regarding a man reportedly refusing to pay the fare for a taxi that had taken him to the hospital.
Niess said the officer was trying to place Randy L. McDonald, of Joplin, under arrest when McDonald allegedly bit the officer on the arm. Some clonazepam and other prescription pills allegedly were found in McDonald’s possession after his arrest, Niess said.
McDonald was charged with felony possession of controlled substances, and misdemeanor theft and resisting arrest.
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