Carl May tangled with police in his boxers, said he was Jesus

Last updated: January 14. 2014 11:47PM - 3040 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man who scuffled with police after they found him high on acid and sitting in the street in his underwear was found guilty of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after a jury trial in Luzerne County Court.

Carl John Thomas May, 22, was acquitted on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault, however.

According to an affidavit, police patrolling Kosciuszko Street shortly after 3 a.m. April 7 saw May sitting in the crosswalk at East Church Street, wearing only boxer shorts.

When officers pulled up next to May and asked if everything was OK, he stood up, grabbed the passenger door of the squad car, growling, and grabbed Patrolman Joseph Buchalski’s jacket, police said.

Sgt. Brian Williams got out of the car and approached May, putting out his hand and trying to calm him down. But May kept moving toward the officer, according to court documents, and Williams grabbed the man’s arm, taking him to the ground.

That’s when May’s mother came out of the house and pleaded with her son to stop fighting with police, telling the officers that May had taken acid. May responded by telling her he was Jesus, according to the affidavit.

As the struggle between Williams and May continued, Buchalski warned May that he was going to use a Taser on him. Two jolts were required before May was subdued, Buchalski wrote.

“May appeared to be totally incoherent, making growling, grunting, inaudible utterances which did not make any sense,” Buchalski wrote.

May was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Williams, who suffered a knee injury and ripped uniform, was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment, police said.

Jurors in May’s trial before Judge Michael T. Vough were seated Monday afternoon. Jurors deliberated for just over half an hour Tuesday before rendering a verdict.

May was ordered to report to probation pending sentencing at 9 a.m. March 10.

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