Thursday, March 30, 2023

[UPDATE: Taser Deployed] Man Lying on Highway 128 Due to Eating ‘Bad Mushrooms’ Becomes Aggressive Damaging First Responder’s Vehicle


At 10:49 p.m. dispatch informed local emergency services that a male was lying in the middle of State Route 128 impeding on both lanes near Philo.

The reporting party told dispatch the man could be heard yelling and they heard him say he was not going to move from the roadway because he ate some “bad mushrooms.”

The California Highway Patrol is currently out with the individual.

UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: The situation has turned hostile according to scanner traffic. A firefighter at the scene is reporting that the subject has become aggressive and damaged his car. The firefighter could be heard over the scanner yelling “Back up!” to the subject.

In light of the situation, firefighters have closed the roadway until the situation can become stabilized. The firefighter at the scene described him as “pretty violent”.

UPDATE 11:42: p.m. Law enforcement on scene have deployed a taser to subdue the suspect. Three minutes later it was reported by the Incident Commander the man was in law enforcement’s custody.

Highway 128 is still closed as first responders navigate the situation. The Incident Commander requested other men A assist restraining the suspect

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.



  1. Well there goes another quarter million dollars, and he didn’t even have to take a beating to earn it, maybe the next person will get their millions just by saying “I am a nut give me millions or I might get naked and run around town and throw a fit”

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