A Johns Island man remained Monday at Medical University Hospital with skull fractures and brains welling after a weekend brawl on King Street.

A joke prompted the fight that resulted in 27-year-old Clinton Seymour's hospitalization, Charleston police report.

Peter John Dudinyak Jr., 26, of Mount Pleasant, was being held at the Charleston County jail Monday charged with first-degree assault and battery and simple assault in connection with the incident.

According to police, Seymour and a few friends were walking around 2 a.m. Saturday near King and Morris streets when they made a joke that upset a passing group.

Dudinyak then "sucker punched" Seymour, causing the man to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete, an incident report said.

Both groups threw several jabs at one another before three of the men fled the scene in a Lexus, police said. Witnesses managed to take note of the vehicle's license plate number, police said.

Paramedics transported Seymour to MUSC where he was said to be in a coma on Saturday, the report said. His injuries were believed to be life-threatening, police said.

A second man was treated for minor injuries at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, police said. Dudinyak was charged in connection with both men's injuries, according to police. He was being held at the Charleston County jail Monday in lieu of a $251,092 bail.

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