A man who has a mental illness and jumped into Lake Michigan Sunday was charged after he caused a disturbance and tried to flood the hospital bathroom at Ascension-All Saints Hospital.
Joseph Flowers, 24, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. If convicted of both charges, he faces up to four years four months in prison and/or up to $1,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Flowers climbed on to the Harbor Entrance Light and jumped into Lake Michigan at noon on Sunday. Flowers has mental health issues, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.
Flowers climbed on to a jet ski, but fell off and refused help from other boaters. Concerned that he wasn’t wearing a life jacket, a person threw him a life jacket and he was able to put it on.
Rescue personnel from the water patrol helped Flowers out of the water. He was breathing, but not able to answer questions. He was then taken to shore, put in an ambulance and taken to Ascension – All Saints Hospital because of his unresponsiveness and possible hypothermia.
According to the criminal complaint, Flowers cursed and yelled at medical staff, and refused to answer questions. He tried to leave the facility a number of times.
“At one point Flowers did lock himself in a bathroom of the ER and attempted to flood the bathroom,” the complaint reads.
When the officer tried to prevent him from leaving the treatment room, Flowers got into a boxer stance and tried to fight the officer, who then used his taser on him. Continuing to be disruptive, the officer placed Flowers under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the arrest, he told the officer that he wanted to go to jail.
The officer found a marijuana pipe in his backpack. Officer took Flowers to jail on a probation and parole hold.