Police suspect naked man suffered excited delirium

Police suspect naked man suffered excited delirium

Police in Orange arrested a naked man disrupting traffic in the wee morning hours of Oct. 1. They say they believe the man suffered from excited delirium due to intoxication.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of 16th Street at 1:14 a.m. in response to reports a nude male was yelling at passing vehicles there. Officer Michael Roush arrived at the scene at 1:15 a.m. and saw a man matching the suspect's description, in the buff, shouting at passing vehicles and at responding officers. Roush identified the suspect as 41-year-old Chad Eugene Shields of Orange.

Roush reports Shields was "exposing his anus and genitals in a public place and was reckless about whether another may be present who would be offended or alarmed by this act."

The officer noted Shields was in plain sight of passing vehicles and people outside in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store. Roush then approached Shields and observed he was "highly agitated."

"Shields was sweating profusely," Roush reported. "Shields was yelling out at subjects not in the area. I believed Shields was showing signs of excited delirium."

Officer Roush said Shields seemed to be intoxicated on an unknown substance and posed a danger to himself. Roush arrested Shields for disorderly contact. He was taken to Orange Baptist Hospital for medical clearance before being taken to the Orange County Jail.

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