MAROA — A man was arrested early Monday after he wandered into busy highway traffic on U.S. 51 at Maroa, jumped on the hood of a car and used his elbow to smash the windshield, police said.

The 23-year-old man was booked on a preliminary charge of causing criminal damage valued at over $300; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

The driver of the vehicle damaged by the man had called police for help. A sworn affidavit from Maroa Police Officer Tyler Jenkins said the driver had stopped his vehicle to avoid hitting the man after encountering him near U.S. 51 and Duroc Road in Maroa.

“(The man) began walking away from the scene heading southbound. (He) was extremely confused and covered in mud,” said Jenkins in the affidavit. He took the man into custody at 6:57 a.m.

Maroa Police Chief Scott Gaddy told the Herald & Review on Tuesday that it was not clear what had caused the man to act this way. “When I spoke to the officer, he was basically saying both he and the deputy who assisted him were unable to determine whether this was going to be alcohol- or drug-related or some type of mental issue,” said Gaddy.

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“They just said he was acting very erratic and not normal and they just could not figure out exactly why.”

Gaddy said the man was not from Maroa and there was no sign he had been driving a vehicle. “We don’t know how he got out here or what was going on,” the chief added.

Macon County Jail records give the man a Decatur address and said he remained in custody Tuesday night in lieu of posting bail set at $3,000.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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