The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 11, 2013

Assault suspect on bad drug trip drank blood

Police officer was covered in blood after scuffle

By Dan Nienaber

---- — MANKATO — A man who police say cut his wrists and started drinking his own blood while on a bad drug trip in March is facing felony charges for assaulting an officer dispatched to the incident.

A man called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. March 8 to report his son had cut his wrists and was drinking his blood at the Summit & Jacob Heights apartment complex at 1801 Monks Ave. The dispatcher told the Mankato police officer, Matt Huettl, that the call was disconnected after what sounded like a struggle over the phone.

When Huettl arrived at the apartment near Minnesota State University, three men were standing in the hallway and pointing toward the door. Huettl opened the apartment door and found 24-year-old Brad Darrius Berg inside naked and bleeding.

"Officer Huettl immediately observed a large amount of blood coming from his wrists and noted there was a large amount of blood on the carpet," said a criminal complaint that was filed against Berg this week.

"Berg began yelling about Jesus Christ and his blood. Berg then began sucking the wounds on his wrist, drinking his blood."

Huettl reported he became concerned for Berg's safety because he was very "agitated" and began yelling after walking out on to the apartment's second-level balcony. That's also when Huettl began to suspect Berg was under the influence of narcotics, the complaint said.

Officer Dan Padilla eventually arrived to help, but the officers were unable to convince Berg to return to the inside of the apartment. When they attempted to pull him inside, Berg lunged toward Huettl and attempted to push the open wound on his right arm into Huettl's face, the complaint said. The swing was partially deflected, but Huettl was allegedly hit on the side of his head and his glasses were knocked off.

Berg allegedly continued to struggle with the officers as they attempted to get him into an ambulance. After Burg was taken care of, Huettl realized he had blood on his face, his shirt was covered in blood and his pants were ripped, the complaint said. Berg allegedly told hospital staff he had been smoking marijuana and taken ecstasy, a potentially powerful stimulant that can create extreme euphoria.

Berg is facing felony and gross misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault of a police officer and a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process. His first court date has not been set.