Mental Patient Escapes Sparrow Hospital

By: T. Gillette
By: T. Gillette

LANSING - A mental health patient who escaped from Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is stopped at the Canadian border. The man is accused of assaulting a nurse and stealing a hospital vehicle before being caught hours later.
The 30-year-old man had been brought to Sparrow Hospital Sunday by police, after behaving erratically in East Lansing. Lansing police say the man was waiting in the hospital to be taken to Community Mental Health at about 4:30 Monday morning, when he become agitated and then combative. Police were told that the man punched a female nurse in the face, kicked a door off its hinges, ran out of the hospital half-dressed. The man ran into the nearby Rite Aid parking lot where a Sparrow security officer in a car caught up with him. When the officer tried to detain the patient, a struggle ensued. The patient got away from the officer, and he was able to get into the security guard's Chevy Tahoe and drive away.
Area police agencies were radioed a description of the vehicle and the man. He was not located until four hours later, when he was stopped at the Detroit-Windsor border. Police say he fought with custom agents there, before being subdued and placed in a Windsor hospital. Lansing police are trying to arrange for his return to the area.
Police say the nurse who was assaulted received minor injuries and should be okay.

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  • by someone Location: lansing on Jan 11, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    The sad thing is, we aren't even allowed to do anything to protect ourselves. Just to get a patient like that in restraints we need to get a doctors order, then we have our managers and nursing supervisors asking us if they still need to be in restraints and quesitoning our judgement.
  • by NotAnymore Location: Williamston on Jan 11, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    This is one of the main reasons I decided that working in the mental health setting was not for me. Mental illness is made many times more dangerous by aggression, and people do seem to be getting more aggressive by the day.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    I work in a hospital and we are seeing more and more unpredictable behavior and agressive behaviors from patients. I think in general we are seeing more aggressive behaviors is society as a whole for the past 2 years or so. I hope the nurse is ok.
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