Man found in bushes tells police he uses meth because he is 'crazy'

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May 4

Drunk and confused

2:16 p.m. — 700 block of S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach

Drunk person. A police officer was patrolling a local shopping plaza when he spotted a man sleeping in a bush in one of the medians. 

The man's pants were below his waist, and his zipper was unzipped, but he was not exposed, according to a police report. The man, a 60-year-old from Deltona, told the officer that he was sleeping when he approached. The officer asked if he had been at the bar in the plaza and the man initially didn't know what bar the officer was referring to; then he saw the sign and said, "Oh yeah, I was there."

The man was unable to remember anyone's address, other than his own, and couldn't remember any phone numbers for his family members. He didn't know what date, day or year it was, and couldn't answer who the president of the U.S. was correctly, the report notes. He was also unable to find his wallet or phone. 

He was placed into protective custody under the Marchman Act; police later found his wallet in his back pocket.

May 18

The walker

7:19 a.m. — 100 block of Bonita Place, Ormond Beach

Drugs. When a woman looked out of her mother's window while visiting, she spotted a man crouched down in the bushes. He smiled at her and then nodded. She called the police.

When officers arrived, the man was still in the bushes in front of the residence, according to a police report. The man told them he couldn't speak English, so one of the officers spoke to him in Spanish, and the man complied with their commands. 

The man told them that he was not from the neighborhood and that he had walked from Jacksonville to Kissimmee. He told officers he used methamphetamines about four hours before getting to Ormond Beach. After police found the drugs on his person, the man told them that he uses meth because "he is crazy and it's the only way he can properly function," according to the report. 

He was taken to jail.


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