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Hospital Escapee Charged With Assaulting Officer

Updated: Thursday, December 13 2012, 08:57 PM EST

Deputies in Rutherford say a man escaped from a hospital and attacked the officer who found him.

Investigators say 44-year-old Lloyd Carswell ran away from Rutherford Regional Medical Center's emergency room late Wednesday. When officer Dustin Owens tracked him down on Highway 108, officials say Carswell tried to grab Owens' gun and strangle him.

Owens called for backup and Carswell was eventually taken into custody after Owens stabbed him in the shoulder. Both Carswell and Officer Owens were treated and released from the hospital.

Carswell is in jail on three assault charges.

By Ashlea Surles
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Hospital Escapee Charged With Assaulting Officer

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