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Waterloo man accused of hitting, kicking and spitting on Memorial Hospital employees

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A Waterloo man is facing felony charges after police say he hit, kicked and spit in the faces of multiple Memorial Hospital employees on Dec. 5.

Kyle S. Kehrer, 18, was brought into the Belleville hospital by Millstadt EMS after police discovered his car had gone off the road at Werner Road and Saxtown Road. He had been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence when, at the police department, he suffered a medical issue, Millstadt Police said.

While at the hospital, police say Kehrer became “extremely combative” with the emergency room staff and the ambulance crew.

According to charging documents from St. Clair County Court, Kehrer struck a security officer in the thigh with his hand and spit in his face, spit in the face of another security officer, kicked the computer out of a Millstadt EMT’s hand causing it to hit his face and kicked an emergency room nurse in the arm.

Kehrer was charged with four counts of aggravated battery for the incident in addition to a charge of driving under the influence of cannabis, the Dec. 6 charging documents state.

As of Wednesday, Kehrer was still in custody at St. Clair County Jail. His bail was set at $150,000.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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