A man under the influence of a strong hallucinogenic drug caused thousands of dollars in damages to a residence in Earlville and injured a Sheriff’s deputy when two deputies were attempting to restrain him, court documents state.
Matthew Martin Wichman, 18, of Manchester was arrested on charges of criminal mischief second degree (class D felony), assault while participating in a felony (class D felony), interference with official acts bodily injury and simulated public intoxication first offense, March 8.
Authorities responded to the residence on 270th Avenue at approximately 9 p.m. March 1 and upon arrival, authorities say Wichman was naked and running around in a circle in the snow. When the responding deputy activated his emergency lights, they say Wichman ran back inside the house.
When confronted, authorities say Wichman refused to stay on the ground and follow verbal commands.
Wichman, who is listed as being 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, aggressively came at a deputy, and was tasered as a result, documents state. However, Wichman removed the taser prongs and got back to his feet, authorities say.
“(Wichman) still wouldn’t listen to verbal commands and started going toward Deputy Miller again,” documents state. “Deputy Miller had to strike the defendant several times in order to gain compliance.”
The affidavit then states Wichman was “assisted to the ground” and placed in handcuffs, where he continued to resist. During the struggle, Wichman injured a deputy’s hand, documents state.
While trying to restrain Wichman, he also kicked a deputy in the chest and the arm, documents state.
Authorities say Wichman and his friend both stated that Wichman had been using LSD that night.
“When (Wichman) spoke, it was all nonsense,” court documents read. “(Wichman) couldn’t answer simple questions, (he) would just repeat what I said.”
The deputy also noted that Wichman’s pupils were much larger than normal in the light.
Inside of the residence, authorities say Wichman destroyed numerous items in his agitated state.
Documents state that at the time Wichman was inside the residence, a juvenile was present. The juvenile’s name was not listed in the arrest report.
According to the report, during the spree, Wichman destroyed a toilet, knocked holes in the drywall, broke a kitchen table, damaged the kitchen sink, broke a TV in an upstairs bedroom, broke the screen door to the garage and smeared his own blood all over the house.
The affidavit also states there were additional unknown items broken, laying damaged on the floor.
The homeowners were in Texas at the time of the incident, and once they returned home March 2, they told authorities a cleaning company was coming to clean all the blood and vomit from the residence. The minimum charge for the cleaning company was $2,500, documents state, and that figure does not include the other damage to the property. Once the homeowners get an estimate of the complete damage, they will submit an itemized list to the Sheriff’s Office.
A $1,000 cash bond was posted on Wichman’s behalf and he is set to appear in court March 18 at 9:30 a.m., court documents state.