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Man arrested for punching DPS trooper at hospital


A local man is in the McLennan County Jail after he punched a DPS trooper who told him he couldn't smoke a cigarette inside a hospital.

David M. Cleveland has been charged with assault of a peace officer for the incident.

Troopers were already at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday to get a suspect checked out. They report the disturbance began when a man in an emergency department treatment room lit up a cigarette. When ER personnel told him to put it out, he refused.

A DPS trooper there was asked to help, and told the man again that he could not smoke in there, and to put out the cigarette. The man is accused of then punching the trooper.

A second trooper who was there being checked out following another incident, helped out by using a stun gun. The man was then taken into custody.

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