Swisher man arrested after hospital outburst in Iowa City

He faces numerous charges following incident Monday afternoon

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IOWA CITY — A Swisher man faces numerous charges after police say he had a drunken outburst at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

According to Iowa City and University of Iowa police criminal complaints, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Scott G. Colebank, 49, showed up at UIHC without an appointment. Colebank had previously been given a trespass warning for all University of Iowa property, police said.

Authorities said Colebank was offered to be seen in the Emergency Department for a substance abuse issue. There, police said Colebank committed an assortment of criminal acts.

Police said Colebank told a physician, “I’m going to start killing people and I’m starting with you.” The physician told Colebank he was threatened by the statement and refused to allow Colebank into the emergency room. Medical personnel instead tended to Colebank in the ER lobby with police and security officers standing by.

Police said Colebank repeatedly yelled at a physician, receptionist and police officers. Police said Colebank’s outburst caused one woman to report having chest pains. A mother and her baby also were moved into the triage area to get them away from Colebank, police said.

Colebank also made numerous threats toward an officer, including that he was going to take his gun from him and assault him, police said. A criminal complaint quotes Colebank as saying, “You better never let me out.”

Police said Colebank resisted commands to get out of his chair. When officers lifted him out of the chair, he tried to avoid being handcuffed and attempted to kick an officer. He was taken to the ground and restrained by two officers and two guards so he could be handcuffed. Police said one of their body cameras was damaged during the scrum.

Colebank continued to be combative until he was placed in the back of a squad car and passed out, police said. He had been observed drinking a beer inside the hospital, showed signs of intoxication and a breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be .280, more than three times the legal limit. Police said Colebank was arrested for public intoxication in May and June of this year.

Colebank faces an assortment of misdemeanor charges, including assault on peace officers, disorderly conduct, interference with official acts, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, trespass and public intoxication — third or subsequent offense.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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