PENFIELD TWP. — A sheriff’s deputy had to call Wellington firefighters Sunday morning to help fish a suspect — a naked, intoxicated man resisting arrest — out of a Penfield Township pond, deputies said.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Nickel Plate Diagonal Road home around 2 a.m. Sunday when a homeowner reported a man had walked onto his porch and banged repeatedly on his front door, said Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Resendez.
Deputy Robert Perkins arrived on scene that morning, only to find the suspect — Shane Reed, 21, of Wellington — had scrambled off the homeowner’s porch and jumped into a nearby pond.
When Perkins arrived, Reed exited the pond darn near naked.
“He was wearing his socks,” Resendez said. “He comes out of the pond and starts fighting with (Perkins). The guy was a little under the influence of something. He became combative with deputies, and failed to comply when they ordered him to the ground.”
Perkins used a Taser on Reed and handcuffed him, but Reed — fresh out of the pond and soaking wet — was able to slip one hand out of his handcuff and jump back into the pond.
“(Reed) was talking strange — making strange statements,” Resendez said, adding that Perkins tried to coax Reed out of the pond for some time to no avail.
Eventually, Wellington firefighters were called to the scene. They tossed a tether line and a buoy into the pond, and eventually were able to pull Reed to shore, where deputies again Tasered and handcuffed him.
“He wasn’t drowning,” Resendez said. “They pulled him out, re-cuffed him and took him to the hospital.”
The next day at EMH Regional Medical Center, Reed couldn’t remember anything that had happened, Resendez said.
“He remembered he had been at a party in LaGrange (Saturday night), but from that point on, his memory was a blur,” Resendez said.
Resendez also said Reed didn’t know why he had been knocking on the door at that particular home. While Reed is still being held for observation at EMH Regional Medical Center, Resendez said he’ll be charged with failure to comply, assault, resisting arrest, trespassing, and breaking and entering.
Other possible charges include inducing panic and disrupting public services, but Resendez said Oberlin Municipal Court prosecutors ultimately will decide what charges Reed will face.
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