DECATUR — A Decatur man who visited a woman's home at 2 a.m. and frightened her with his strange behavior was arrested and jailed Saturday on preliminary disorderly conduct and drug charges, Decatur police said.

Sworn police statements said the woman, who lives in the 700 block of South 17th Street, told patrol officers the 32-year-old suspect appeared outside her home and said odd things to her through the closed front door.

“He was talking to her ... about having seen her at the store today and seeing her smoke on the front porch throughout the day,” officer Brent Morey said in the statements.

The woman, who was at home with her young son, became concerned by the suspect's behavior, the statement said: “(He) also mentioned her son living with her, and she said he told her she was lonely. She said she was disturbed by the man's comments.”

The woman called police who moved in quickly and found and arrested the suspect within half an hour. Morey said officers handcuffed the suspect and noticed he appeared to have a plastic bag in his mouth. He refused to let police look inside his mouth but was seen spitting a bag out on the backseat of a squad car where he had been placed, Morey said.

Morey said the suspect was then forced out of the car after refusing to move and was then seen chewing “a second clear plastic baggie.” He continued to refuse to comply with police, Morey noted, and was then pepper sprayed to make him spit the second bag out, which he did.

Morey said the suspect had white powder residue around his mouth while he spoke with police, and later field tests on the contents of the second bag were positive for cocaine.

The suspect, who also faces charges of drug possession, obstructing justice and resisting police, has since been freed on $10,000 bond. His bail conditions order him to stay away from the woman and her home. He is due to be arraigned June 6.

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