TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – A Twin Falls man was arrested Monday after allegedly being high on methamphetamine and attempting to gain entry to a local hospital’s helipad.
Michael L. Ray, 43, of Twin Falls, was arraigned in court Monday on charges of misdemeanor trespassing, assault, resisting and obstructing an officer, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He’s being held on a $10,000 bond. A pretrial conference is set for Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. before Judge Calvin Campbell at the Twin Falls Count Courthouse.
On Monday at about 1:48 p.m., Twin Falls Police were dispatched to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center for a reported suicidal patient, running around the parking lot, high on methamphetamine and attempted to enter the hospital’s helipad.
When officers arrived, hospital employees were standing between Ray and the helicopter, court documents said. Ray was pacing back and forth in the sprinklers and would walk toward hospital employees in an aggressive manner.
A pastor who brought Ray for treatment following an incident the day before and a bout of aggression earlier in the day, stepped between Ray and the employees, court documents said. The officer said Ray displayed signs of someone being on a central nervous system stimulant like methamphetamine with his pacing, agitation, grunting, and clenched teeth and fists. The officer asked Ray to sit several time to no avail.
Allegedly Ray later jumped the fence and headed toward the emergency entrance where a crowd had gathered. The officers followed Ray, and commands for him to stop and sit down were ignored. According to court documents, when Ray allegedly began to charge toward the second officer as if he were going to tackle him. Another officer deployed his Taser, which stopped Ray.
Ray was then taken into custody. Court document said Ray admitted to using drugs that day. Once he was medically clear, Ray was taken and booked at the Twin Falls County Jail.