LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Livingston Police Department arrested a 26-year-old Shepherd man Sunday for state-jail criminal mischief and interfering with public duties after he allegedly climbed up into the ceiling of Livingston Memorial Hospital's ER and later fell through, causing massive damage to a hallway.
Shawn Patrick Buchanan is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000 and two misdemeanor charges - interfering with public duties and public intoxication. Collectively, Buchanan's bail has been set at $6,000.
"We don't have an actual damage estimate, but he caused quite a bit of damage in the exam room where he climbed up into the ceiling and to the ceiling tiles when he came through," said Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department.
Parrish said LPD officers were dispatched to Memorial Hospital's emergency room at 3:44 a.m. When they got there, hospital employees frantically waved them inside and explained that a patient later identified as Buchanan had climbed up into the ceiling from one of their exam rooms.
Buchanan started crawling around above the Memorial ER, and the officers on scene were waiting on a ladder that would allow them to go up in the ceiling after the man when the suspect suddenly crashed through the ceiling tiles and landed on the floor of a hallway near the ER.
According to Yana Ogletree, a spokeswoman for the Memorial Health System of East Texas, Buchanan practically hit the ground running. When Buchanan tried to run out the ER's front door, a hospital employee stopped him and Livingston Police officers then took the suspect into custody. Ogletree said Buchanan suffered minor cuts and bruises from his fall.
Buchanan was voluntarily transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital Sunday. Because of HIPA laws, she could not comment on why Buchanan went to the hospital in the first place. However, Parrish said the officers on scene stated that it looked as though Buchanan was intoxicated as a result of some kind of illegal narcotic use.
Parrish said the interfering with public duties charge was filed because Buchanan disrupt