Man claims synthetic marijuana is what caused violent outburst that required him to be tased
POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:04pm
COVINGTON, LA (NBC33) — A man who was allegedly high on synthetic marijuana was booked on 17 charges after he allegedly damaged several vehicles because he wanted to “get them off the street.”
The Covington Police Department reports that the incident occurred on Friday, May 17 at roughly 10:00 p.m. We’re told the suspect, Dennis Patrick Bartley, Jr., 35, was causing a disturbance at the corner of West 15th Avenue and S. Taylor Street.
Witnesses told officers that Bartley was screaming threats and punched several vehicles in the area. He was also seen by another witness in the area of Gallagher Park and was said to have “attacked things.”
Officers located Bartley on West 15th Ave, which is a short distance from the park. They called out commands to him, but he allegedly ignored them. Then, he charged one of the officers.
“Despite giving several loud clear commands for the subject to stop, the man disregarded all commands and continued toward the officer,” a press release explained. “The subject was tasered, fell to the ground and was handcuffed without further incident.”
Bartley was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Officials say a total of 9 individuals came forward and stated that Bartley threatened them. Three claim that their vehicles were damaged. They told the officer that they asked him why he was attacking the vehicles and he said that he wanted to get them off the street.
On Friday, May 31, officers learned that Bartley had been released from the hospital. They located him as he was walking his dog. They placed him under arrest for 17 warrants related to the incident. During booking, he allegedly confessed to using synthetic marijuana during the incident.
Bartley was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Damage to Property (misdemeanor), 2 counts of Obstruction of a Highway, 1 count of Criminal Damage to Property (felony), 9 counts of Simple Assault, 2 counts of Resisting an Officer, and 1 count of Disturbing the Peace.