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Man Injured In Car Accident Dies After Cop Takes Him To Get Breathalyzer Test Instead Of Medical Treatment

The death of a South Carolina dad is marked by questions as officials try to piece together why he was brought to a police station for a Breathalyzer test instead of a hospital.

Nathaniel Rhodes, a 58-year-old father, collapsed on Aug. 12, 2018, at Charleston Police Headquarters following a traffic accident and died four days later, according to his family’s attorney.

His relatives are now demanding authorities investigate whether protocol was followed when Rhodes was taken off a stretcher and taken to the police department.

The police report stated Rhodes claimed to have “no injuries that would stop him from completing tests” — but the law firm representing his family told The Post that he never signed a form refusing treatment.

The release was provided to The Post and showed an officer’s signature on the line for the patient.

“After he was put on a stretcher and put in an ambulance for transport to the hospital for medical treatment, a CPD officer fraudulently signed a ‘Refusal to Transport’ form on Rhodes’ behalf so the officer could conduct a field sobriety test,” Ryan Julison with Bamberg Legal said Monday.

“The officer then ordered that Rhodes be removed from the stretcher, taken off the ambulance and transported to the police station rather than the hospital,” attorneys said.

Rhodes’ family alleges he had eight broken ribs, internal injuries and a ruptured liver while he was being booked. Surveillance footage from the police station showed the dad in distress.

“While at the station Rhodes complained that he was in severe pain,” the law firm said. “His pleas apparently weren’t taken seriously as video captured one of the EMT’s who was supposed to be caring for Rhodes doing a dance and commenting how he (the EMT) ‘looked good on camera.’ ”

His loved ones claim the delay taking him to the hospital proved to be fatal.

“The family alleges that poisonous toxins could have been flooding his bloodstream while he sat at the police station,” attorneys said. “By the time Rhodes was actually transported to the hospital, it was too late.”

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Eduardo Guatemala February 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm

This is so stupid. It is amazing how they could not or did not want to recognize the signs.

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Completely insane!
How can people lose their compassion and/or intelligence when working as an EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN ?
That includes PROTECT & SERVE Police officers.

I wonder how this would have turned out if it was a female police officer?

A whole different way, I bet.

Minister Barbara B.Barnes September 13, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Looking at this photo apparently this was a Policeman of color who did this what in the H—– was wrong with him? He valued a job more than someone life ?Don’t he realize out of uniform and in a situation where he can not produce his badge fast enough he is just another black male .He life is in just as much danger as he placed this brother in.This is sickening how some of us treat our brothers and sisters.You shall reap what you sow.

Jay October 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Police in general suck. Doesnt matter the color. But there are many others racist of cops doing things to minorities. Just because blacks cops sometimes join in on the fun doesnt change that.

Doris D Berry September 2, 2019 at 12:17 am

I thought these cops were trained to recognize when someone is in distress. The officers and EMT did not care. These are the people who have sworn to protect and serve. If this is what we have, we are all in trouble. God bless that poor man and his family. May they receive some peace and comfort.

Richard September 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm

I guess they’re trained to recognize when a WHITE person is in distress. smh

Jason September 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm

To the person saying , I guess they only care when white people are in distress. Did you not notice the EMT was black. This isn’t a question of race with the emt’s it is simple the way they look at most people who are drunk. They should have treated him for his possible injuries instead of judging him for his possible actions. There lack of compassion is sickening.

AriJay September 6, 2019 at 10:53 am

Actually no medical personnel acknowledges distress in people of color, especially black women who are in distress. When you get a chance, look into death during or after childbirth, black women are over 200% likely to die from preventable complications related to childbirth.

Also, I’ve spoken about pain and discomfort over five years. I was finally diagnosed with a bone disease common in senior citizens, I’m only in my 30s. Chiropractic manipulation has made the issue worse in one area of my body. He didn’t even pick up on the issue.

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:17 pm

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So when it asks if you want to be a paid member, just skip that and go to table of contents.

God bless you.

Queenblue4ever September 2, 2019 at 11:56 pm

This is absolutely sick and is just another example of how little they care about people of color….

John Smith September 3, 2019 at 6:31 am

This is typical behavior for public officials because they are not accountable for their actions. By law, they have immunity for their wrongdoings or heartless decisions. And even when a party manages to pierce their immunity, YOU and I — the tax payers — bear the cost of any successful lawsuit. So WHY WOULDN’T THEY behave like this?

Florence Davis September 4, 2019 at 7:53 am

I hope they don’t get a ounce of sleep knowing they caused this poor man his life . Instead of looking good on the camera they should be behind bars for murder!!! Now dance to that . They need to be held accountable for their actions 😐

Rebecca Gomez September 4, 2019 at 10:50 am

There should be higher national standards when employing individuals as cops, with no degree nor background in law enforcement nor psychological training obviously to some cops a badge becomes the size of a trash can lid and this can be a big mistake.

Rebecca Gomez September 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

This cop should be fired! and changes made to where a person’s life is more important than a DWI charge, to begin with the blood test could have been done at the hospital , what kind of people are they hiring to patrol the streets?

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

I cannot understand why they felt the need to take him off the ambulance!
Like you said they could easily do a tox screen at the hospital.
I don’t even think he was driving?
Does anyone know?
The passenger side of the van is completely smashed in and definitely had caused his injuries.

So who cares if an open bottle of wine was in the van?
I highly doubt that he would be driving if drinking.
They were probably going home after a restaurant with their un finished bottle of wine.

This made me cry tears.

What is going on in our country?

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

I cannot understand why they felt the need to take him off the ambulance!
Like you said they could easily do a tox screen at the hospital.
I don’t even think he was driving?
Does anyone know?
The passenger side of the van is completely smashed in and definitely could have caused his injuries.

So who cares if an open bottle of wine was in the van?
I highly doubt that he would be driving if drinking.
They were probably going home after a restaurant with their un finished bottle of wine.

This made me cry tears.

What is going on in our country?

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm


Barbara Greer September 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

There was no alcohol found in the car.

Janet October 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Trump is what’s going on in our country

Stephanie E Alcorn September 5, 2019 at 2:10 am

God saw it all and will be dealing with all of this madness. No one is getting away with this terrible stuff happening.

Sunflower September 5, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Too many Emt , police and other emergency personnel would behave and act differently if it was one of their friends or family that was in distress. As well they would want the excellent treatment if it was them. C’mon, just look at the lady in the pic, is that a smirk on her face or what. Could be seeing this pic differently than others, but I see what I see. Step it up America! Step it up and do better!!!!

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 1:45 pm

I agree with you, her facial expression either was a smirk like looking at a drunkard – or she might have been expressing disgust that he shouldn’t have been at a police station.

My 1st reaction was her “smirk”
Then, I wondered if it was her shaking her head in disgust that her patient was put into a chair …
I don’t know.
Although EMT’s usually care about their patient ‘s well being.
Plus she had a police officer making all decisions – possibly felt intimidated????
I don’t want to see such despair again – but I am going to re watch her to see if I can read her expression and body movement.

I was a Medical Assitant and I always stood up for all my patients.

Jason September 5, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Please don’t let these two emt’s give you the impression we are all like that. There are bad cops, doctors, Christians, and people out there. I believe many of us do care and try to provide care to everyone to the best of our ability.

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Thank you Jason, it’s true, most emt’s are very protective of their patients.

I think the issue is the police officer who illegally signed this beautiful man’s transfer.
I’m trying to figure out if the 2 emt’s – Not the guy in the light colored tee shirt, were possibly intimidated by the police.
The emt on the left looks like he’s worried tapping him gently as he slips in and out of consciousness.

I don’t know if the police intimidated them
or what, but this was all kinds of WRONG!

You are right when you say people of all walks of life can be just heartless.
Although, this is a specific case of a wonderful man, husband and father literally being killed in a police station.

Carolyn Hamilton September 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm

What a horrible waste of time when this
beautiful man should have been rushed to a hospital with ambulance sirens blaring!
Instead, they do what????!!??

It’s so difficult for me to watch – knowing the amount of pain he was in – I have had 3 broken ribs and could barely breathe, you can’t sit, stand up, lie down … every single movement is extremely painful – and he had 8! Plus one puncturing his liver? Even more injuries!

Every person in that police room are accountable.
Anyone at the scene of the crash is accountable.
I would have just drove him directly to the nearest hospital.
What police officer took him off the ambulance?
A complete idiot!
Then they move him to a tiny room where the stretcher couldn’t even fit into?
They wasted this man’s time to receive urgent medical care.
They all killed him.

Shonnie September 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

This Was So Disgusting of the Officer and I don’t like how the EMT’s were acting either! Gonna say he had a bad back – well looks like you need to change profession then! This was so senseless… Sending my prayers and sympathy to him and his family.

Regina Logan September 13, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Once again we as a race harm our own, why?

Minister Barbara B.Barnes September 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm

We are living in some evil days many in this Nation has forgotten God and allow Satan to have his way the only hope that it has is to turn back to God.Even some of the messenger that call themselves Preacher are leading the flock astray. Instead of preaching love they are preaching prosperity and money has become their message to a dying world. This country must be willing to repent of carnal behaviors and attitudes choosing to live in harmony with each other .Many are walking in darkness and exalts themselves above God .He will have mercy on us as a nation according to his loving kindness if we turn back to him .We must seek God with all our hearts while he can be found.Let the wicked for sake his ways and the righteous man his thoughts if this nation turn back to God and he will have mercy on it he will pardon abundantly.We must love each other God gave us John 3;16 he did not specify any race it was for all men.This nation has a disease it is called HATRED and the only cure the only medicine that can cure it is John 3;16.If you believe in his medicine then we can be cured made well if we love him we will love each other .This will be the cured from that awful DISEASE HATRED..

Cisco Coleman September 19, 2019 at 5:27 am

Police officers always think a perp is lying about their medical condition during an arrest. Plus the process is longer when a perp is taken to the hospital and officers do not what to sit on a perp at the hospital because after they are released they have to process the arrest still. Bottom line this officer did not think about the well being of this perp and I hope he pays for it>

Latrina Dickerson September 21, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Question…did the officer signed the deceased name or did he signed his own name? Because no one can sign for you not to receive medical treatment but yourself. And as the family lawyer stated, there’s no signed refusal to treat by the deceased. This is illegal. Fraud. Inhumane. And against both the paramedic and officer oath.

Tenetia October 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm

Please some one tell me that emt female got her insensitive ass fired the looks on her face of disbelief of that mans agony is horrible the male emt is not impressed by her actions as shown to us in the video I am pissed with her big ass you following ass house nigga don’t do what you think they want you to do don’t follow the mf that want us down and fucked up make godly decisions cuz that’s the job your dumb ass signed up for I’m pissed at her I bet she somewhere now feeling like the ass she was acting as!!! Sorry for the bad words but she got me heated rip King my condolences to his beautiful wife

DubDigitz October 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

The bottom line is the Dred Scott Law is still the law of the land. the synopsis of Supreme Court Justice taney’s ruling on Dred Scott was this, a black man has no right a white man is bound to respect. In regards to the black police officer while he’s meritoriously manumitted look up the meritorious manumission law. And you will see the Willing roll the black officer is playing.

Dj Johnson October 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

Starting to feel , certain people should NOT be in powerful positions , they’re always mistreating P.O.C.. from EMT, Cops, teacher’s, anyone in the Justice System

Sii October 19, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Bunch of dumbasses. Lock all those three untrained dumbasses up. An accident just happened and their more worried about an alcohol test? C’Mon maaaaan

Me Me October 24, 2019 at 12:13 pm

They could’ve done a blood test for alcohol at the hospital… What stupid, dumb fucking people!

yasir ali March 24, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Why didn’t the do a sobriety test for the Judge who hit him? Since when do you take a man off a stretcher and take him to a police station? The police officer should be arrested who signed that paper and so should the Judge be arrested


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