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DECATUR — A 20-year-old man appeared to be under the influence of a drug or substance combination when he tried to tear the hood off vehicle and spat at first responders, police said. 

A signed police affidavit said the man had been spotted "violently" damaging property at several locations at about 6:25 p.m. on Sunday. Police said the man was breathing heavily, sweating profusely and unable to speak, the affidavit said.

Officers were called to the 900 block of North College Street after the man grabbed part of another man's car and began yanking it upward, the affidavit said. The car owner yelled at the man to stop, the affidavit said, and when he did, the hood was warped and damaged. 

The man went down the street and damaged more vehicles and vacant residences when police arrived, the affidavit said. Officers tackled the man when he tried to flee, and worked to restrain him until an EMT arrived to treat him for possible delirium, the affidavit said. 

The man spat on the boot of one of the officers who restrained him and on the boot of the EMT on the scene, the affidavit said. He was injected with medications and transported to Decatur Memorial Hospital, the affidavit said. 

When they arrived at the emergency room, the medication had worn off and the man needed to be restrained again. He spat in the face of an officer as they tried to subdue him, the affidavit said. 

The man faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery to an emergency medical technician, two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and criminal damage to property under $500. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

He was held in the Macon County Jail on $10,000 bond Tuesday, and is due in court for arraignment on Sept. 7. 


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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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