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A fight at the Gateway Saloon sends a man to the hospital, and while there, he kicks a nurse in the

Posted by Travis Uresk | June 3rd, 2023 | Assault |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.-On 5/6/23, dispatch sent Deputies to the Gateway Saloon to a report of a disorderly or a possible fight in progress.

When Deputies arrived, they saw several people around a person lying on the ground in the fetal position in front of the steps. The bartender told the Deputy that the male on the ground was hitting multiple people as he left the bar.

The male began yelling at people, and the Deputy had to explain that he was with the Sheriff's Office and that they would help him. The man jumped up and began aggressively yelling at Deputy Russell.

Deputy Russell went to grab the man's shoulder, and he fell over and landed on his back.

The Deputy decided to detain the man so the ambulance could come and check him out. While trying to place the man in handcuffs, he was physically resisting. Once he was in handcuffs, he was loaded up and taken to the hospital for the laceration over his right eye.

Once they arrived at the hospital, Deputy Russell gathered the man's information, and he was identified as 25-year-old Branson Robert Turner.

Branson Robert Turner

The hospital staff began to attend to Branson's wounds, and he lifted his feet off the bed and kicked one of the nurses on the left side of his head.

Branson was then placed in soft restraints for the safety of the nursing staff and the Doctor. Branson was told multiple times at the bar and hospital to stop having his wild outbursts and using foul language. So he was charged with disorderly conduct-refusing to stop. Because Branson was intoxicated to the point that he was fighting others, he was a danger to himself and others and was charged with intoxication.

Branson was also charged with interfering with the arresting officer for resisting arrest. While at the hospital, the nurses were rendering aid to Branson, and he kicked one of them in the head with his feet, so he was charged with assault by a prisoner.

Branson Turner was taken to the Uintah County Jail and booked on the charges listed below.

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