Decatur Police officer uses baton to subdue man tripping on acid

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 4, 2015
Decatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

A would-be burglar had a bad trip on Thursday night.

Decatur Police spokesperson Lt. Jennifer Ross said that at 10:06 p.m. on Sept. 3, officers got a call about a burglary in progress in the 200 block of South Columbia Drive. When they arrived they found the front glass door had been shattered, and noticed an open crawl space door during a check of the property.

Officers found a man there hiding under a piece of plastic. The officer told the man to show his hands, but the suspect refused. According to Ross, he put his hands under his body and said, “I got something for you.”

The officer dove on top of him and grabbed his right arm. The man kept saying, “I got something for you” while trying to put his arm back under his body. The officer repeatedly told the man go give him his hands, but the suspect wouldn’t obey.

“The officer used his issued ASP baton and delivered closed end strikes to the male’s right shoulder blade while continuing to give verbal commands,” Ross said. “The male finally proned himself flat on the ground and relinquished his right arm but then refused to relinquish his left arm to be placed in handcuffs. The officer utilized handcuffing and pain compliance techniques and was able to handcuff the male.”

During the struggle the suspect pooped on himself, according to the report. Officers found a folding pocket knife on him. The suspect couldn’t spell his last name, didn’t know where he was and didn’t know why he was interacting with police officers. The suspect then told the officer he was on acid. The tripping suspect took a trip to the hospital for evaluation of his possible drug overdose and to take a look at his shoulder.

A witness told officers they saw a man on the ground in front of the home. The witness then saw him go on the porch, and kick and throw rocks at the glass door. The witness saw the man enter the home. The owner was contacted and said “stated the male did not have authorization to be on the property.”

Ross said the suspect, a 28 year-old man Savannah man, was charged with criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer.

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