A Perry man was arrested early Saturday for drugs after allegedly creating a disturbance at the Dallas County Hospital and then refusing to stop and talk with Perry Police Department officers about his actions.
Benjamin Lee Cahall, 37, of 1412 Evelyn St., Perry, was arrested on charges of first-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct-loud or raucous noise and interference with officials acts.
According to court records, the incident began about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when a caller to the Perry Police Department said a man was “banging on the glass door, yelling and very agitated” at the Dallas County EMS quarters in the 600 block of 10th Street near the Dallas County Hospital.
The caller identified the agitated man as Cahall.
A second caller reported seeing a man matching the description of the man given by the first caller who was “yelling and screaming” while bicycling on Pine Street in the vicinity of the hospital.
Officers of the Perry Police Department responded to the area and made contact with Cahall on Fifth Street near Evelyn Street. The officers “both told him to stop, and he refused” but “was still being disorderly and refused to talk” and “kept walking away,” according to court records.
The officers placed Cahall under arrest for disorderly conduct and interference with official acts.
A search of Cahall’s person revealed a contained with .4 grams of a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. He was also carrying a “clear glass pipe, broken blue pipe and two needle syringes.”
Cahall was charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cahall is scheduled to appear in Dallas County District Court Sept. 11. He was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in Boone County District Court in March 2019 and was convicted of assault in Greene County District Court in May 2019.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.