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Kimball man arrested for fighting police, EMS

Police lights. (Republic file photo)

KIMBALL — A man was charged Tuesday with trying to break out of a patrol vehicle and later fighting emergency responders who tried to restrain him.

According to court documents, police were called to a Kimball residence to respond to Kyle Koepke, 26, who was "out of control."

When officers took Koepke to the patrol vehicle, he reportedly yelled at and attempted to fight them. While he was being transported to the Brule County Jail, Koepke started trying to kick out the windows and cage in the vehicle.

The officer driving the vehicle stopped, and when he opened the door, Koepke allegedly jumped out and tried to run away before he was tackled to the ground.

The Kimball Ambulance was called to assist with the situation, as court documents say that the only way to get Koepke to Chamberlain safely would be to restrain him on a cot. When an EMS crew tried to strap Koepke down, he reportedly fought with them, and he continued to yell at them after arriving at Sanford in Chamberlain.

Hospital staff gave Koepke two doses of a drug to make him less aggressive. At the hospital, Koepke was found to have a BAC of 0.35. A mental evaluation was performed, and Koepke was held at the hospital for observation.

Koepke is charged with aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, a Class 2 felony; obstructing police, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

An initial court appearance was held on Wednesday morning, and a hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.