Police subdue man with crowbar

As a man yelled and swung a crowbar, breaking windows, the homeowner stood inside, ready to shoot.

Moments earlier, just before 6:30 a.m. Monday, an unfamiliar vehicle drove into the yard of the home, just south of Amity, and a man got out and began yelling. He broke the kitchen window, a vehicle window and the basement window and continued swinging a crowbar, striking the home.

As the homeowner waited for the man to walk by his window again — knowing he would shoot that time — a sheriff’s deputy pulled up.

Deputies took the man into custody and have sent the report to the Johnson County prosecutor to decide what, if any, charges should be filed.

The man had already been the subject of several 911 calls that morning.

Drivers on State Road 252 had reported seeing a vehicle driving 30 mph in a 55 mph zone, with the driver swinging a crowbar out his car window. Other drivers thought he was intoxicated, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle crashed into a bridge, blowing a tire, before ending up in the yard of the home off State Road 252, near County Road 537E, the report said. One homeowner saw the man rip the windshield wipers off their vehicle. A driver saw the man trying to pry the door open to the home, the report said.

When the deputy arrived, he repeatedly ordered the man to get on the ground, but he wouldn’t listen until the deputy pulled out his Taser. The homeowner offered to help with his own gun, the report said. The deputy declined.

As other deputies arrived, they could see track marks, which are bruises from needle injections, and dried blood on the driver’s arms, according to the report. He continued to struggle, turning in circles and rolling on the ground, the report said.

Deputies called for an ambulance to check him out, and when the man wouldn’t cooperate, emergency workers put him in shackles and gave him a sedative, the report said.

A relative who was with the man in the vehicle told police he had taken methamphetamine, and believed people were trying to kill him, the report said.

The deputy got a warrant for the man’s blood, which was drawn while he was being treated at Johnson Memorial Hospital. The man was not arrested because he was still being treated, the report said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.