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UK student who was Tased, jumped off building is released from hospital

A University of Kentucky student who police said was Tased twice and then jumped off a two-story building last week was released from inpatient care at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Tuesday.

Stephen Eidson, 23, suffered "two broken vertebrae and severe, multiple breaks to both ankles" after landing behind the fourplex at 277 Lyndhurst Place, attorney Jim Deckard said, adding that Eidson will likely remain in UK's care for months.

"One successful surgery has been completed, and doctors are considering further surgeries as part of Stephen's overall treatment regimen," Deckard said.

Deckard was hired last week to represent Eidson.

Eidson appeared to be under the influence of drugs when officers arrived, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Roberts said that after Eidson attacked officers, he was shocked with a Taser, which seemed to have little effect on him, before walking to the edge of the roof and jumping off.

Roberts said Eidson faces charges of alcohol intoxication, menacing, third-degree assault and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. Court records for Eidson were not available Tuesday morning.

Deckard did not immediately comment on whether he believes the police version of events is accurate.

"There are some issues with regard to initial reports," he said, "but we'll get into those as this progresses."

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