Man arrested after causing a disturbance

FAYETTEVILLE – A Bedford man was arrested after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a 911 call from a resident in the 1640 block of Fayetteville Williams Road saying a man pulled in her driveway and said someone was trying to kill him.

Ronald Patton Jr.

The man told the caller he was 40-year-old Ronald Patton Jr.

Patton told police he pulled into the caller’s driveway to check his tires. He believed that people along with family members were trying to kill him. 

He thought someone had loosened his tires on his truck.

Deputies then asked Patton if he had taken any drugs and he said no.

Patton continued to say he had paperwork in his truck to prove someone was going to harm him.

He then handed the officer a receipt. 

The officer told Patton it was just a receipt. He continued to say he had further proof with numerous paperwork on the seat of his truck.

Police say Patton was not making much sense.

Officers remembered responding to Patton’s home at 116 Ridge Road on April 26th when he requested to speak to an officer because he believed someone had bugged his cellphone and magnetized his boots

Officers then asked Patton if he was suffering from any mental illness or had taken any medication and he said no. 

Officer told Patton they were going to call for an ambulance to check on him and because they were concerned.

Officers believed Patton was under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Patton then began yelling at residents who were outside on their porch. 

He was told to stop his behavior, but he continued to be belligerent and causing a disturbance with his disorderly behavior. 

He was then placed in a patrol car, where he continued rant and sweat profusely. He commented he was thirsty, so an officer gave him a bottle of water. 

He then accused the officer of putting poison in the bottled water.

A Seals ambulance crew arrived on the scene. He was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

The  medic on scene said Patton had told them he had taken suboxone and used meth the day before.

He was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for a medical evaluation. 

The contents of his truck was inventoried before being towed. 

Patton, while at the hospital, accused the staff of being in a conspiracy against him and wanted to be taken to another hospital. 

Patton was restrained after the officer asked him numerous times to stop being belligerent.

He then accused the officer of being in a conspiracy against him and trying to harm him. 

Patton was discharged from the hospital. At that time, he began yelling for help and would not get off the hospital bed. Officers had to lift Patton from the bed and forcefully walk him out of the hospital. He continued to resist officers.

Once outside he continued to physically resist causing the officer’s body camera to fall to the ground. Patton reached for it and refused to let the camera go. Officers were able to gain possession back of the camera. Patton then sat on the ground and refused to get up. Officers lifted Patton off the ground as Patton continued resisting the officers, screaming.

He finally calmed down and was placed in a police vehicle and transported to jail on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.