Court docs: Eastern State Hospital patient attacked, injured police officer

Staff writer

A patient at Eastern State Hospital is being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail after he attacked a police officer, according to court filings.

Nekita Antonio White, 40 of Williamsburg, has been charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

On March 13 around 1:35 p.m., a special conservator of the peace was called to assist Eastern State Hospital staffers during a psychiatric emergency, the court documents said.

Unnamed staffers brought a physical restraint chair for a disorderly patient, who upon seeing the chair began to walk toward a staff member in an aggressive manner, according to the filings.

The conservator of the peace, a type of police officer, stepped in between the patient, White, and the staffer, the court documents said. That’s when White grabbed the police officer and threw him against a wall.

White resisted as several police officers and staff members tried to restrain him. The conservator of the peace was taken to the ground during the scuffle and needed medical treatment at a hospital.

White was arrested on March 15 and booked at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail at 9:19 a.m., according to jail records.

If convicted, White faces as much as one year in jail and $2,500 in fines, according to Virginia Code.

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