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A Napa State Hospital patient was charged Thursday in Napa Superior Court with allegedly hitting a peace officer with a sock filled with rocks, according to court records.

John Henry Guyton, 57, allegedly stuffed rocks into two tube socks and began swinging them at peace officers inside a unit before he was pepper sprayed. Guyton then allegedly lunged at one officer, hitting him, before he was pepper sprayed a second time, according to court records.

Guyton, who was hit once in the ribs with a baton, allegedly continued to resist before he was contained, according to the court filing.

Guyton was booked into the Napa County jail Tuesday. He was charged Thursday with assault and battery upon a peace officer, resisting police with a special allegation, according to the complaint.

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Department of State Hospitals spokesman Ken August said federal and state privacy laws prevent the department from confirming if Guyton is a patient.

However, he confirmed a patient assaulted staff as they tried to administer court-ordered medications. Hospital Police officers responded, including one who was treated for minor injuries, he said. The patient was subdued and treated for unspecified injuries at a hospital, arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and booked into the Napa County jail. The case remains under investigation, he said.

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