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Police officer blocks couple from the ER; she was having a stroke. Husband later arrested.

4:14 pm - 06/18/2010
By Callie Starnes & WRCB Staff

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A patient believed to be having a stroke says a Chattanooga Police officer blocked her and her husband from entering the emergency room Wednesday night.

Aline Wright is a cancer survivor, amputee and a newlywed. Wednesday night she began to show signs that she was having a stroke.

That's when her husband of four days, and a nurse technician at Erlanger Medical Center, Jesse Wright, put her in the car and rushed her to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital, Aline says Jesse stopped at then proceeded through two red lights, as if they were stop signs. After Jesse ran the second stop light one block from Erlanger, Chattanooga Police Officer Joshua Daves turned on his blue lights and followed the couple into the Emergency Room parking lot.

According to Aline, Officer Daves caught up with the couple as they were attempting to enter the emergency room at Erlanger Medical Center. Aline says her husband was carrying her in his arms because she could not walk. According to Aline, Daves blocked the entrance and demanded answers for running the red lights.

Aline says eventually Officer Daves allowed them to enter the hospital, but says he didn't stop there.

Aline tells Channel 3 Eyewitness News that once the couple was placed in a hospital room, Officer Daves attempted to enter their room to arrest Jesse for evading the police.

Erlanger medical personnel turned Officer Daves away at that point, informing him that since Aline could not speak Jesse was needed to answer questions for the doctors.

Thursday morning Erlanger security informed the couple that a warrant for Jesse's arrest had been issued, and suggested he turn himself in. Aline says Jesse went to the Hamilton County Jail to turn himself in that evening. According to Aline, Jail employees told Jesse that they had no record of a warrant for him and told him he was free to go.

So Jesse returned to his ailing wife's bedside at Erlanger Medical Center.

On Friday morning the police were back at the hospital. This time Jesse surrendered to Erlanger Security who arrested him on behalf of the Chattanooga Police Department.

Jesse is now sitting in jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond. He is facing seven charges related to Wednesday night's events.

UPDATE!

Eyewitness News contacted Chattanooga Police today for their side of the story.

lLt. Kim Noorbergen says the officer was just "doing his job".

Beyond that, the department will not comment until a formal complaint is filed with the internal affairs department.

Aline Wright says she plans to file the complaint. The couple has already hired an attorney to file a suit against the officer.

As for Erlanger, a spokesperson tells us by law their security guards are obligated to carry out an arrest warrant related to felony charges. An Erlanger spokesperson says once they learned the warrant for Wright's arrest was issued, and they learned he was in the building, they had to arrest him.



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klutzy_girl 18th-Jun-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
...WTAF

And to the officer who blocked the entrance to the hospital - THAT'S WHY THE RED LIGHTS WERE RUN, YOU IDIOT. DID YOU NOT SEE THEM ENTERING THE HOSPITAL?

This story makes me angry.
lovebats 18th-Jun-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
oh my god
lovebats 18th-Jun-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
"Officer Daves caught up with the couple as they were attempting to enter the emergency room at Erlanger Medical Center. Aline says her husband was carrying her in his arms because she could not walk. According to Aline, Daves blocked the entrance and demanded answers for running the red lights."

UMMM...
trialia 18th-Jun-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what the FUCK. Talk about heartless.
notgarystu 18th-Jun-2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Aline says her husband was carrying her in his arms because she could not walk. According to Aline, Daves blocked the entrance and demanded answers for running the red lights.

Well, I mean, obviously they had just gotten married and he was carrying her across the threshold into their new home in the ER.

What the goddamn fuck did he think was the reason for running those red lights?
slickdbackburns 18th-Jun-2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
...I feel sick. Ugh that's just fucking horrible.
draperyfalls 18th-Jun-2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
What a fucking dillhole.
fishphile 18th-Jun-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
JFC! This story is so terrible.
fishphile 18th-Jun-2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Also, in before "the policeman was doing his job/they deserved it."
maynardsong 18th-Jun-2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm bracing myself for those kinds of comments. I mean god damn, a woman's having a medical emergency. You could at least, like, put sentencing her husband on the backburner or something. Arrest him after his wife's been treated or something. Fucking A, some compassion please?
newantt 18th-Jun-2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hope the charges are dismissed and the man files a lawsuit against the police dept.
+ hope the wife recovers :)
suave_badass 18th-Jun-2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK IS WITH ALL THE POLICE FAIL LATELY?!

Aline says her husband was carrying her in his arms because she could not walk. According to Aline, Daves blocked the entrance and demanded answers for running the red lights.

Dear Officer Daves,

ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID? YOU SEE THEM DRIVING TO THE FUCKING HOSPITAL AND HE'S CARRYING HER TO THE ER. WHICH IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW, STANDS FOR EMERGENCY ROOM. WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU THINK WAS GOING ON YOU GODDAMN IDIOT? THEY WERE NOT GOING OFF TO SOME TEA PARTY OR SOME SHIT, SHE WAS A HAVING A FUCKING STROKE AND NEEDED MEDICAL ATTENTION. NOT YOUR STUPID ASS SLOWING THEM DOWN AND PREVENTING THAT.

TRY USING SOME FUCKING COMMON SENSE INSTEAD OF ASKING AND ASSUMING STUPID SHIT WHICH COULD END UP KILLING SOMEONE JFC

With No Love,
suave_badass

Edited at 2010-06-18 10:31 pm (UTC)
abiding 18th-Jun-2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Daves blocked the entrance and demanded answers for running the red lights

...

Seriously.
redstar826 18th-Jun-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Erlanger medical personnel turned Officer Daves away at that point, informing him that since Aline could not speak Jesse was needed to answer questions for the doctors.


Good to know that the medical personnel had a lot more sense (and compassion for that matter) than that cop did.
seth0et0holth 18th-Jun-2010 10:36 pm (UTC)


What the fucking hell. *shakes head* I guess "common sense" and "compassion" aren't a part of police training.
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