Ill. man allegedly punched EMS provider

Police say the man also caused a four-vehicle crash in a separate incident earlier the same day


This article was reported based on information from WCSJ News. It has been updated with new information.

By Laura French

MORRIS, Ill. — Police say an Illinois man punched an EMS provider at a gas station Thursday. 

Rodney Harris Jr., 32, allegedly caused a four-vehicle crash two hours prior to the incident after falling asleep at the wheel, according to WCSJ News. Harris reportedly refused medical treatment for an ankle injury after the crash and his vehicle was towed. No one else was injured. 

Police officers drove Harris to a nearby hotel where he could stay due to his vehicle being towed, according to Morris Police Deputy Chief Chad Skelton. Harris later walked from the hotel to a gas station where he encountered an EMS crew from another town.

Harris allegedly threw a drink on one of the providers and then punched him in the face, police said. Morris Police Deputy Chief Chad Skelton told WCSJ News that Harris had asked the crew for a ride but this information was not confirmed by the EMS agency. Harris was arrested and charged with aggravated battery; he was also cited for improper lane usage and operating a vehicle without insurance in relation to the earlier crash. 

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