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    A Moab man with a history of drug abuse and erratic behavior captured Moab Police Chief Bret Edge’s attention Monday evening and things went downhill for him afterwards.

    According to a police report, the man was “yelling and screaming” while on the corner of Main and Center streets at about 6:30 p.m. He reportedly punched a light pole and then began shaking a trashcan when Edge asked him to stop. The man fled into traffic to cross Main Street and Edge chased after him.

    The man eventually ended up at the Food Truck Park and other officers arrived and caught the man.

    The man “was unable to hold a competent conversation and rambled off random statements and phrases,” according to the police report.

    The man kept trying to leave despite being told repeatedly he was not free to do so and did not appear “to be mentally intact.”

    The man, said police, has a history of methamphetamine use and his behavior, they said, was consistent with a habitual methamphetamine abuser.

    At one point, according to police, he moved towards one of the food trucks and demanded water “for all these (racial epithet)” and tried to put his facemask inside the truck.

    At that time he was handcuffed and taken to jail. In the meantime, two women arrived to tell police the man threatened him at a local restaurant a few blocks away. They said he told them to “take that Jeep home or get shot.” He then started “fighting with a statue,” according to the women.

    According to police, the man’s behavior has become more aggressive in recent weeks and they have had numerous interactions with him. For that reason, police request the man remain in jail without bail “until he can receive help for drug abuse and to [ensure] he is mentally stable and will not pose a threat to the general public.”

    He was charged with four misdemeanors: two counts of threat of violence, failure to stop at command of law enforcement and intoxication, as well as an infraction of disorderly conduct.

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