NEW ULM — A patient at the New Ulm Medical Center allegedly assaulted a doctor and a police officer in March.

Wesley James Lodes, 35, of New Ulm, was charged Friday in Brown County District Court with felony assault on a police officer and felony assault on hospital personnel.

Police were called after Lodes reportedly tried to flee the hospital while in a state of paranoia on March 21. He would not comply with commands and fought with a doctor and a New Ulm police officer as they restrained him, the court complaint says.

The officer was punched in the cheek, causing redness. The doctor had a mild abrasion from being kicked in the arm.

Lodes also reportedly coughed intentionally in a nurse’s face and stated he wanted to infect the people in the room.

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