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Larwill man arrested after altercation with hospital staff

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 7:35 am

A 66-year-old Larwill man hospitalized for extreme intoxication was arrested by the Indiana State Police on Saturday evening after an altercation with staff.

According to Trooper Justin Snyder, at around 7:10 p.m. he responded to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville because of an altercation that was occurring between a patient and nurses and a hospital security guard, according to ISP spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz.

When the trooper arrived two minutes later he went immediately to the emergency room where he found multiple nurses and the security guard holding down Scott A. Sponable on a bed, according to Galaviz. Sponable who was hospitalized with a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent - more than three times the legal limit to drive - allegedly punched the 58-year-old security guard from Wolcottville in the face, Galaviz said in a news release.

After Sponable was restrained in handcuffs by the trooper, Sponable allegedly made verbal threats of violence toward him. Sponable was cleared by the medical staff for incarceration and he was taken to the Noble County Jail on preliminary charges of intimidation, battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to Galaviz. The Noble County Prosecutor's Office will levy official charges in this case.

No other hospital staff suffered injury. Snyder was assisted by the Noble County Sheriff Department.