The Melbourne, Florida Police Department has issued a warning about the dangers of “excited delirium,” following two incidents.
They say they were called on Friday to a scene where a man without a shirt was hiding behind trees and running back and forth across an intersection.
An unidentified caller told 911 dispatchers, “He doesn’t have a shirt on, and he’s running all over the place. He’s tripping on drugs or something, (because) he’s hiding in the shade, and then he’s running and hiding in the shade.”
Witness Angie Nappa said the man was also talking to himself. She added, “He was crazy. If he was loose, he probably would have killed somebody, really, because that’s how mad he was.”
Police tried to restrain the man for a psychological evaluation, but took him to a hospital when he became combative.
A few hours later, a person in an emergency room called police to say that another man was being disruptive toward the hospital staff and acting erratically.
According to Melbourne Police Lieutenant Shawn Eising, “Officers arrived as this male’s behavior was escalating and he acted out physically toward the staff. Officers assisted staff members with restraining the male so he could undergo medical treatment.”
The man reportedly said that he would never do drugs again, and admitted to police that he had taken flakka-laced heroin. He also yelled that Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is his best man and husband, according to witnesses.
Police said that both of the men are now being treated for “drug-induced excited delirium.”
Eising issued a statement that says, “Should you see someone who appears to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and is acting erratically, either in public or at home, please contact your local police and emergency medical service for assistance. Avoid interacting with these subjects as their actions can be unpredictable.”
He added, “These individuals are likely suffering a medical emergency, which, without treatment, can be life-threatening.”
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