Man goes door to door asking for meth and impersonating an officer

BEDFORD – Police arrested a Bedford man after they received a call of a suspicious male in the area of 13th and U streets on Monday, November 20.

James Sears

Bedford Police officers arrested 46-year-old James Sears, on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, two counts of resisting arrest by fleeing, and providing a false identity statement.

The caller reported Sears going door to door asking residents if they had any meth inside their homes. The caller reported Sears was portraying himself as an Indiana State Police trooper.

When police arrived at 5:41 p.m. they found Sears walking east on 13th Street, west of the intersection of R Street. He had two hands shoved into a trash can on the side of the road in the 2000 block of 13th Street. This caused the trash can to fall over in the yard and open.

He then began screaming in the direction of the front door of that same residence.

Officers stopped Sears, who was sweating heavily and his pupils were very dilated.

Sears told the officers he “needs some weed to calm his nerves.” He then told officers he had schizophrenia.

Sears then stated his name was “Jamie Hunt” and gave a false birthday. His valid identification listed his name as James D. Sears.

Since Sears appeared disassociated an IU Health LifeLine ambulance was called to the scene. Sears was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for a medical evaluation.

Once at IU Health Bedford Hospital Sears fled from the ambulance. Officers found Sears walking in the roadway in the 1000 block of Plaza Drive. Once he saw the police car he fled north. An officer pursued Sears on foot and detained him at the back of a building. He was then transported to the jail.