A pajama-clad local man was arrested this morning, accused of randomly attacking a driver and demanding a ride to Ellis Hospital, police said.
The alleged attack happened, police spokesman Lt. Brian Kilcullen said, about two blocks from the hospital.
Police were called to Nott Street near Randolph Road about 8 a.m. where Louis Ahola, 22, of Beaver Street, was attempting to stop vehicles and asking for a ride to the hospital, Kilcullen said.
The man, who officers said appeared to be impaired by some type of drug, was wearing only pajama bottoms. He was finally able to get into a car’s window and then attacked the driver, police said. The woman got out of the car, but he continued to attack her, Kilcullen said. The woman’s injuries were not believed to be serious.
The man was taken into custody after a short chase on Randolph Road. At some point, his father showed up on scene, police said. An officer was injured in the struggle and was taken to Ellis for treatment, Kilcullen said.
Ahola was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, resisting arrest and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors, and harassment, a violation. Ahola was also taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation.