Transient charged with urinating on hospital floor after fighting with staff
Allegedly urinating on a hospital floor after fighting with staff has led to the arrest of a local transient.
59-year-old Russell Weston was taken to Mercy Hospital just before 5pm Tuesday after being found unconscious at Natural Grocers on South Gilbert Street. Iowa City Police had removed Weston and another man from the Alexis Park Inn on South Riverside Drive around 3:30pm the same day after they refused to leave their hotel room after management had told them to leave around 11pm the previous night.
Police say Weston showed multiple signs of intoxication before he was taken to the hospital and was barely able to stand.
Once at Mercy Weston allegedly became belligerent and confrontational with staff, eventually urinating on the floor of his room. Weston was taken into police custody and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .249 on a portable Breathalyzer test. Police say Weston tried to break his handcuffs and made several statements about harming people and breaking the doors of the squad car. He also allegedly began headbutting the squad car and yelling to open the car door.
Weston is charged with Public Intoxication and Public Urination.
Weston has multiple previous Public Intoxication arrests, including a 2017 incident in which he urinated inside the lobby of US Bank on East Washington Street.