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HELENA -- A 33-year-old man accused of running naked through Helena streets and assaulting a family member in a suspected drug-induced frenzy is in jail, facing a bevy of charges.

Police arrested Clay James Kroll at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after he was released from the hospital, where he has been treated since the incident on April 4.

Officers ended up using a stun gun to subdue Kroll after he was reportedly out of control at a family member's residence on the 1400 block of Missoula Avenue.

Corey Livesay, captain with the Helena Police Department, said a family member of Kroll's told officers that Kroll was "high" when he arrived at the apartment. At about 6:30 a.m., Kroll awoke and was acting irrational and out of control.

Kroll then allegedly assaulted the family member. He fled the home before officers arrived.

Police located Kroll, "who appeared to be hysterical, delusional, paranoid and naked," Livesay said. Kroll then ran west from outside the apartment complex toward the Stewart Homes area.

"Officers suspected he was suffering from a syndrome known as excited delirium," Livesay said, adding that the symptoms, including aggression, overheating and hallucinations, often are caused by abuse of methamphetamine or a synthetic drug known as "meow," a form of bath salts.

"The most important thing is to get them some medical treatment," Livesay said.

Up until Tuesday, Kroll had been getting medical treatment for the condition, Livesay said.

Kroll allegedly shattered a glass window at a residence in an attempt to enter the home, according to police reports.

After Kroll would not comply with commands from officers, police used a stun gun to subdue him. Kroll continued to be combative and kick at officers, so the stun gun was used a second time due to "a concern for the safety of the public to prevent him from hurting anyone else, including the officers," Livesay said.

After using the stun gun, officers put Kroll in a fabric restraining device and transported him to the hospital to be treated for his medical condition, which was suspected to be the result of drug use.

Kroll faces charges of partner or family member assault, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, criminal trespass to property and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors. A warrant for the charges was issued in Helena Municipal Court two days after the incident.

Livesay said toxicology reports to determine what exactly what drug Kroll was using at the time have yet to be completed. Further charges may be filed against Kroll.

Police also served a warrant on Kroll for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, along with two misdemeanor drug charges stemming from an alleged violation in September. Court documents allege Kroll left drugs -- hydrocodone and marijuana -- under a bed that he had slept on at a family member's home. Also found were a metal spoon and syringes used to inject drugs.

In addition, Kroll is awaiting a bench trial regarding two misdemeanor charges from an incident where police used a stun gun on him in March. Kroll is accused of breaking into a truck on Chestnut Street on March 8. While officers responded, he fled and was located in a backyard on Walnut Street.

Police say Kroll charged toward officers and then tried to run away. Officers used a stun gun in order to take him into custody.

From that incident, Kroll faces misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer and criminal trespass to vehicles.

 

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