A Lantana man became so hostile while he was being arrested Wednesday on charges that include battery on a police officer that he needed to be sedated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, according to an arrest report.
Elvin Joya-Reyes was admitted into JFK Medical Center after being taken into custody “due to his intoxication level,” the report said.
Joya-Reyes, 18, faces charges of resisting an officer with violence, disorderly conduct and battery on an officer. As of Thursday morning, Joya-Reyes had not yet been transferred from the hospital to the Palm Beach County Jail.
Lantana police were called to the 1400 block of South Broadway, just north of Hypoluxo Road, after Joya-Reyes became involved in a confrontation with a 20-year-old man.
Joya-Reyes ran away once police arrived, then became combative after they detained him, the report said. As Joya-Reyes was being walked to a patrol car, he wound up his right leg and swung it backward, twice striking an officer’s leg.
“You will pay tomorrow for this,” Joya-Reyes allegedly told the officers.
Joya-Reyes continued to battle the officers as they tried to put him in a patrol car, then began striking his head against a plastic divider once inside the vehicle.
A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crew injected Joya-Reyes with Ketamine, a medication used to sedate patients who are violent or agitated, the report said.