Police: Drug Use Suspected In Two Local Cases Of “Excited Delirium”

BELLMEAD (April 17, 2015) The use of drugs or synthetic drugs is suspected in two local cases of a potentially deadly medical condition called “excited delirium,” one involving a man found lying naked in the middle of a local road and the other involving a woman found rolling around in the grass and making “random irrational statements,” Bellmead police said Friday.

Excited delirium syndrome “is a serious and potentially deadly medical condition involving psychotic behavior, elevated temperature and an extreme fight-or-flight response by the nervous system,” according to an FBI bulletin.

Just after 6 p.m. on April 8, Bellmead officers responded to a report of the naked man, who was lying in the middle of the street in the 1100 block of Hogan Lane, asking for help, police said Friday.

The man threw off a rain jacket with which one officer tried to cover him, saying he was “burning up,” police said.

“He was rolling around in the street nude acting irrational and making irrational statements,” police said Friday, and appeared to have broken an ankle “as a result of jumping out of a window.”

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital.

Then just after noon on Monday, police received a report about a woman who was acting “out of it” in the 1800 block of Industrial Boulevard.

She “was making random irrational statements and rolling around in the grass. She also had what appeared to be heavy muscle spasms or fast rigid movements,” police said Friday.

She, too, was taken to a local hospital, police said.

“It is believed that both of these incidents demonstrated excited delirium and potentially as a result of drug use or synthetic drug use,” police said.

One study cited in the FBI bulletin says fatality rates of as much as 10 percent have been reported in cases in which the symptoms of the condition weren’t recognized.

“These patients often die within one hour of police involvement,” the bulletin said.

“Without placing themselves or others at a greater risk for physical harm, officers must be able to rapidly detect symptoms of ExDS and immediately engage EMS for proper diagnosis and medical treatment,” the bulletin said.