June 21, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Roseburg police, with the assistance of a vacationing off-duty Virginia police officer, took a non-compliant, potentially combative man into custody Thursday afternoon following an encounter along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Roseburg. The 26-year old man from Texas has a history of mental illness and was taken to Mercy Medical Center for a mental evaluation.
According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on June 21, 2012 at approximately 12:04 p.m. an OSP senior trooper responded to a report of a man, wearing only underwear and socks, walking northbound near the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 124. When the trooper spotted the man, he was disrupting heavy traffic flow moving toward passing vehicles and said he was Jesus Christ.
The trooper told the man he was under arrest for disorderly conduct but he refused to be taken into custody. Before he could move into traffic to harm himself of further affect passing vehicles, the trooper attempted to take him into custody including the use of a baton and cap stun pepper spray without any effect. An off-duty lieutenant from Fairfax County, Virginia stopped and tried to help detain the man who was 5'10" and weighed 250 pounds.
As both officers struggled with the man, a Roseburg police officer arrived on scene and deployed a Taser allowing them to handcuff him while he still resisted. The man received a minor head injury when he fell against a concrete barrier after the Taser was deployed. He was transported in a patrol car to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of the minor injury and a mental health evaluation. His name is withheld pending completion of the mental health evaluation. A disorderly conduct charge is pending.
The officers were not injured and traffic was affected in the area for about 45 minutes.