PENDLETON – Pendleton police responded to reports of a man suffering from what appeared to be a psychotic breakdown on Southwest First Street Monday night. Residents reported the man was taking off his clothes, screaming, running into their homes and damaging property.
Police Chief Chuck Byram said that when officers arrived, the man was not affected by a Taser shot and ran into his house. When the man was taken into custody, he was identified as Daniel Patrick Kemp, 37.
“Our officers saw him running up the stairs and heard a window break and then a thud outside,” Byram said. “Mr. Kemp apparently jumped through a closed second story window.”
Byram said that officers feared the worst for Kemp, but when they got outside he was injured, but continued to physically resist being taken into custody.
“It took four of my officers to subdue him,” Byram said. “Officers were covered in a substantial amount of blood before they could get him secured to a medical gurney.”
Smith was taken to St. Anthony Hospital, treated, and taken into custody. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and, by Tuesday evening, was no longer on the jail roster.
Byram said the man appeared to be under the influence of Kratom, which is not illegal and is sold as a fatigue reducer and mood enhancer over the counter in many convenience stores. It is sometimes taken to reduce opioid withdrawal, but researchers say there is no research that indicates it is effective, and carries a long list of possible side effects.