Crime

Phoenix Meth-Head Chases Imaginary People Into Ceiling of Tempe Hotel, Police Say



A Phoenix meth addict locked himself inside a bathroom in the lobby of a Tempe hotel for nearly an hour in his quest to chase down two imaginary people, police say.

Jason Meyers, 33, managed to crawl into the ceiling at one point, although court documents obtained by New Times don't indicate whether that was before or after he broke a toilet and smeared his own blood all over the walls of the bathroom.

Police were called after hotel staff at the Quality Inn heard loud noises and yelling coming from the lobby bathroom, inside of which, they realized, Meyers, who was not a guest at the hotel, had locked himself.

Hotel staff actually tried for 40 minutes to reason with Meyers, asking him to leave, before they phoned police, according to court documents.

Tempe police also tried to reason with Meyers, but he shouted back at police, "Fuck you. If you're the police, then break down the door!" according to a police probable-cause statement.

Police did break down the door and found the bathroom with a broken toilet, broken fire alarm, broken trash can, and blood smeared all over the walls and the floor, according to the documents.

Officers found Meyers -- who, by the way, was completely naked -- bleeding from cuts on his hands, feet, chest, and head.

Meyers admitted that he had smoked meth that evening and said it "caused him to go into a frenzy," according to court documents.

Police described Meyers as "extremely delusional" as he described chasing two people he'd never met from across the street, into the hotel, and into the bathroom, where the chase apparently ended at some point in the ceiling.

Hotel staff estimated the total damage at around $3,000, according to court documents.

Meyers was booked into jail on charges of criminal damage and trespassing.

Prison records show Meyers served about nine months on an endangerment charge, before being released in 2011.


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