Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Mayo Clinic ambulance paramedic was assaulted Monday by a teenager who was apparently under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The 19-year-old was initially taken into custody in Faribault. It was determined he was too intoxicated to be jailed so it was decided to transfer him to the detox center in Rochester. It was also suspected he was under the influence of methamphetamine.

The ambulance was on Highway 52 in SW Rochester around 2:45 AM Monday when the teenager unstrapped himself and assaulted the paramedic, identified as a 30-year-old Kasson woman. The teen then jumped out and ran off on foot.

A Rochester patrol officer spotted him a short while later and he was taken into custody. The teen reportedly told the officer he thought the ambulance was taking him to jail.

The teen - identified by police as Andreu Grajeda-Iguardia - is now facing an assault charge. He was in jail Tuesday morning.

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