Two men who allegedly ingested a psychedelic substance were arrested early Sunday morning following a disturbance report at a local apartment complex.
According to Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell, an officer responded to the disturbance in the 1400 block of West McNeill Street just before 4 a.m. Sunday.
Halsell said when the officer arrived at the scene, he witnessed a white male running down a balcony walkway.
The man, later identified as Jacob Tyler Rottman, 19, of Woodson, spotted the officer and went downstairs to speak with him. The officer reported that Rottman was visibly upset and said he was being chased by an individual with a knife.
Halsell also said Rottman repeatedly told the officer he had ingested Mescaline as had his alleged knife wielding assailant, a friend.
Mescaline is a hallucinogen used as a recreational drug that occurs naturally in the peyote and other cacti.
Halsell said the officer then spotted a hispanic male, later identified as Ricardo Escalante, 20, of Denver City.
While the officer said a knife was not in Escalante's possession at the time, both men were detained due to the admission of drug use and allegation that a weapon was involved.
According to Halsell, Escalante allegedly admitted he had taken "way too much Mescaline." As the officer attempted to detain Escalante, he resisted.
"Escalante was then taken to the ground in an effort to properly secure the handcuffs," Halsell said. "In the process, he (Escalante) attempted to remove the officer's electronic control device (taser) from his belt."
The officer was able to resist Escalante's attempt and secure the handcuffs.
When a backup officer arrived, both men were taken in to custody.
The officers went to the apartment where the two suspects had been, and two individuals at the home verified that Escalante did previously have a knife. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found inside the apartment.
Both men were arrested and taken to Erath County Jail.
Rottman was charged with possession of marijuana, under two ounces and public intoxication, and was released after posting a $500 bond.
Escalante was charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and resisting arrest and is being held on a $16,000 bond.