Man didn't listen, removed impaled fence from leg while on stretcher

A drunk 30-year-old man who fell from the side of a second-story hot tub at a "party house" in Golden Valley is doing okay, but he did start to pick out pieces of the fence he fell on from his leg while on the stretcher, despite emergency personnel orders.

Police and fire crews responded to the 800 block of Sumter Avenue South around 11:39 p.m. Saturday night and discovered the man had fallen from the side of the hot tub and landed atop the pointed end of a metal fence post, Sgt. Dave Born said.

The man supported himself until first responders arrived, and was conscious when the fire department used jaws of life and a cutting tool to cut a section of the wrought iron-type fence out of his upper thigh, but part remained impaled. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. His identity has not been released.

The Star Tribune obtained a fire department report released Tuesday, which said, "The patient reached down and removed the fence posts himself after being instructed to leave them in place."

Other people in the hot tub, which sits on a deck, were able to call for medical assistance at the time. Police said this is not their first visit to the home, which neighbors call a "party house." Twice in 2015, officers have responded to noise complaints.

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