Injured in suspected DUI crash, charged with kicking ER nurse in the stomach

Injured in suspected DUI crash, charged with kicking ER nurse in the stomach

(As originally published, Thu, February 29th 2024 at 3:00 PM)

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (TND) — A woman taken to the hospital after a suspected DUI crash is also facing a felony battery charge after she allegedly kicked an emergency room nurse in the stomach.

Her white sport utility vehicle hit a large tree in the evening of Friday, Feb. 16, and a sheriff’s deputy said, “There were two open (empty) alcoholic beverage containers in the driver’s door pocket.”

The Florida Highway Patrol trooper who took over the investigation wrote the 2013 Lexus RX 350 had “moderate front end damage, and the driver’s front airbag and the knee airbag deployed.”

Paramedics took the driver, Katrina Anne McGrade, to the hospital but when the trooper visited “in an attempt to interview McGrade about the crash,” he wrote in the arrest report, “As I was being escorted to the room, I was met by hospital security outside of the room.

“I was informed that McGrade just battered an ER nurse prior to my arrival.

“McGrade was being combative and verbally abusive towards all of the staff currently in her room.”

The nurse, a 39-year-old woman, said “she was attempting to pick up McGrade’s shoe off of the floor when McGrade kicked her in the stomach.

“There were multiple independent witnesses in the room at the time of this offense.

“The victim was wearing hospital ‘scrubs’ with a clear and obvious identification badge that stated RN, a common abbreviation for registered nurse.”

Apparently, not much had changed when the trooper met McGrade.

Injured in suspected DUI crash, charged with kicking ER nurse in the stomach
Katrina Anne McGrade was charged with DUI property damage and battery on a healthcare worker, Feb. 17, 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“I attempted to interview McGrade about the crash,” the arrest report said, “and she refused to answer questions.

“She continued to be verbally abusive towards myself and staff.

“While she spoke, I noticed her speech was extremely slurred. This made it difficult to understand her.

“At one point, McGrade attempted to stand from her hospital bed and she was very unsteady on her feet. After this, McGrade was instructed to remain in her hospital bed for her own safety. While in the room with McGrade, I noticed her eyes were glossy and her pupils were dilated.”

The arrest report said medical staff took McGrade’s blood and her blood alcohol content was 0.287.

“Due to McGrade’s high level of intoxication, I felt that it was in the best interest that McGrade does not perform standardized field sobriety exercises for her own safety.”

McGrade got medical clearance and was taken to jail just before midnight. There, “McGrade provided the following breath samples: 0.148 and 0.149 per 210 liters of breath.”

The 47-year-old was charged with DUI property damage and battery on a healthcare worker.

She was released after three and a half days in jail.

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