A Woodville man was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility last week when a bag containing suspected drugs fell out of his buttocks, according to an Ottawa County deputy’s report.
Benjamin Scheanwald, 18, was initially arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence, but the charge was later dismissed, according to an Ottawa County jail guard. The charge that stuck, however, was illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.
When deputies pulled over Scheanwald’s vehicle at about 7 a.m. Aug. 14 at Russell Road and Ohio 2, they immediately noticed he and his passenger, an 18-year-old Graytown man, were acting strange and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, the report said.
The passenger had blood on his arms, face and shirt, from an apparent crash that happened earlier, according to the report.
While deputies charged Scheanwald with operating a vehicle under the influence, they also zapped the passenger with a Taser to gain control of him, the report said. As paramedics loaded the passenger into an ambulance bound for Magruder Hospital, deputies took Scheanwald to the county jail on drunken driving charges.
When Scheanwald arrived at the jail and began to don the jail garb, a small plastic bag fell from the crack of his buttocks, according to a deputy’s report.
“Oops, those are Xanax,” Scheanwald told jail guards, according to the report.
Ottawa County deputies and Port Clinton police were then called to the hospital to help gain control of the passenger, who medical workers had placed in restraints. Hospital staff told police they suspected the man was under the influence of a synthetic designer drug, possibly bath salts, the report said, and Scheanwald told police he and the man had been using Xanax prior to the traffic stop.
Deputies continued trying to restrain the man at the hospital, where he removed monitoring devices and an IV. The man tried to punch, slap and kick nurses and officers, and he also bit Deputy John Carpenter’s arm. The man tried twice more to bite the deputy before another officer arrived to help.
The law director’s office is reviewing the incident for possible charges of assault against an officer.
Scheanwald was released from the jail Tuesday, and the Graytown man was never booked in the jail, according to jail guards.