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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - An Iowa City mixed martial arts fighter who goes by "The Doctor" is accused of sending a police officer to the doctor.

Joey Vedepo is accused of head-butting a police officer in his chest outside Sports Column in Iowa City.

The officer injured his back in the fracas and had to go to the emergency room.

According to police, Vedepo was outside the bar trying to get back in when the violence started.

Officers say Vedepo was slurring his words -- and a breathalyzer later showed a level of 0.24, more than three times the legal limit.

Police say when dealing with drunk people, they usually try to talk to them first -- but in this case, they didn't have time.

"Mr. Vedepo decided to be active right from the beginning as far as resisting, which led to assaultive behavior on his part," said Sgt. Scott Gaarde with the Iowa City Police Department.

An Internet site shows the man is an MMA fighter who goes by Joe "The Doctor" Vedepo.

Police say Vedepo was aggressive with them. When they tried to cuff him, he kicked and refused to move his arms.

Police say they tried to user a taser on him, but that didn't work.

Officers had to pull Vedepo's hands behind his back, and that's when he allegedly head-butted an officer.

Even after he was in a squad car, police say he kicked officers again.

"The key for dealing with violent people is that you not only want to maintain safety for yourself but for the individual, too, and the people around," said Gaarde. "In this particular case, I think the people around were taken care of."
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