A man who said he was under the influence of magic mushrooms scuffled with deputies Monday, stealing a baton, attempting to take an officer’s gun and, when tased, was able to continue fighting until more officers arrived.

He “displayed a high level of strength and resilience to pain,” a Tuolumne County press release said.

Emergency dispatchers were called at 2:38 a.m. by a family member who said the man was “freaking out” at a residence on Cedar Ridge Road, south of Twain Harte.

One officer went inside the house and saw a young man “sweating profusely.” Another deputy arrived and the man ran aggressively at the deputy outside.

The officers tried to handcuff the man but he kicked and punched them, then pulled a baton from an officer’s belt. Sgt. Andrea Benson said the officers fought to get the baton, and when they did, one of them hit the man with it.

He continued to fight. He was tased twice, and “drive stunned,” which is when the taser is held against the body to cause electroshock pain.

The man removed the hood from a deputy’s gun holster and put his hand on the firearm.

Benson said that some information, including whether guns were drawn by the deputies as a result of the struggle, were unavailable at this time.

The fight continued for 15 minutes until additional units arrived.

He was taken to Adventist Health - Sonora for a medical evaluation.

Psilocybin mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms,” are a powerful hallucinogen and classified as a Class A drug.

The deputies sustained scrapes, abrasions and bruising in the fight, but no major injuries, Benson said.
Tyler Glenn Horton, 19, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of obstructing an executive officer, removing a weapon that was not a firearm from a peace officer, attempting to remove a firearm from a peace officer and misdemeanor charges use of a controlled substance.

Horton’s bail was set at $20,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, Horton was still in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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