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Deputies bring man to hospital after he allegedly screamed outside a stranger’s home thinking it was his

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2020

Around 5 a.m. Thursday, deputies say they found a man profusely sweating, thrashing and rambling about “random” things after homeowners said he was screaming outside their home.

Deputies arrived at the rural home in west Spokane County after a caller said a man they did not know was standing outside screaming, asking for help and demanding to be let inside, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.

When deputies arrived, the man appeared to be under the influence of a substance or suffering a mental crisis and was on the deck. He was “sweating profusely, wearing nothing other than a T-shirt, and was yelling unintelligible statements,” the release said.

Deputies stayed calm and convinced the man to cooperate, the release said. After deputies detained him in handcuffs, Spokane County Fire and American Medical Response personnel gave him medical attention, the release said.

The man told deputies he was in Spokane Valley, “at his home,” and his family locked him out and he denied being under the influence of drugs, the release said.

“He continued to ramble about pizza and other random things as he appeared incapable of controlling his body, twitching and thrashing around,” Spokane County Cpl. Mark Gregory said in the release.

The homeowners did not want to pursue charges and told deputies they only wanted the man to get medical help.

Deputies placed him in protective custody and transported him to a hospital for continued care. He was not charged with a crime and he is not facing charges stemming from this incident, the release said.

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