Crime

A patient. A smoke. A broken finger. A criminal charge. Lexington ER visit goes awry

Christopher L. Clater is charged with assaulting a St. Joseph’s Hospital security officer who tried to prevent him from lighting a cigarette.
Christopher L. Clater is charged with assaulting a St. Joseph’s Hospital security officer who tried to prevent him from lighting a cigarette. Fayette County jail

A Lexington man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly broke the finger of a St. Joseph Hospital security officer who tried to prevent him from lighting a cigarette, according to court records.

Christopher L. Clater, 43, was in the hospital’s emergency room as a patient when he tried to light the cigarette, according to court records. When Clater was told he couldn’t smoke inside, he became disorderly and tried to leave his room, according to his arrest citation.

Clater is accused of punching a security officer in the face when he was blocked from leaving, according to court records. While Clater and the security officer were wrestling on the ground, Clater grabbed the officer’s left little finger and bent it sideways away from his hand, breaking the finger, according to the arrest citation.

Clater is being held in the Fayette County jail on a charge of second-degree assault.

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