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5/16/2014 6:00:00 AM
Drunk diabetic injures Mohave County deputy's finger
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - An intoxicated diabetic who was looking at a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct Wednesday night instead faces felony charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer.

A caller told deputies that Oren Leroy Dodge Jr., 40, who lives in a travel trailer on a woman's property in the 3600 block of Bluebird Lane, had been standing outside yelling at her and others when deputies responded at about 8:50 p.m.

The caller told deputies that Dodge was "heavily intoxicated." Dodge, according to deputies, was off balance, his speech was slurred and he was "speaking nonsense" as he dropped to one knee.

Dodge allegedly tried to pull away when deputies attempted to take him into custody and the struggle continued as they attempted to walk him to a patrol vehicle.

During the struggle, a deputy injured a fingertip. They requested a transport van to prevent Dodge from possibly damaging the unit and as they waited, Dodge became incoherent.

The woman then advised them that Dodge is a diabetic. Paramedics were called and noted his blood sugar level was off.

Dodge was reportedly verbally abusive on the ride to the hospital. He was taken to jail after he was treated at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Dodge's alleged behavior mirrors the actions of a diabetic when his or her blood sugar level drops. The condition is called hypoglycemia and the symptoms include slurred words, confusion, abnormal behavior and, eventually, unconsciousness.

Drinking alcohol exacerbates the problem.

In addition to the two felonies, Dodge faces a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct by domestic violence.

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