Man damages police vehicle during drug arrest

Nathan C. Means (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

Casper police say that a man who was arrested on recommended drug charges, was combative with officers and damaged a police vehicle during his arrest.

According to law enforcement records, 45-year-old Nathan Curtis Means was arrested and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on multiple charges.

Officers say that they were alerted to a situation on the 1800 block of Shumway Avenue in Casper. A call received at approximately 10:20 pm, January 29th, reported a male who had been arguing with the reporting party, and that the reporting party felt unsafe.

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Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the caller, who was waiting outside a private home, in a vehicle. The reporting party said that they had made a recent roommate arrangement with the suspect, but that the suspect and begun to act strangely and had been making physical advances.

The suspect was identified to police as Means.

Means was unable to be located in the home at the time of police arrival, however officers report that while speaking with the reporting party outside, they heard a bizarre whistle come from a nearby yard. After police investigated the sound, they said that Means was located halfway under a neighbor’s truck.

An affidavit in the case says that upon locating Means, the sound of breaking glass was heard.

Means was ordered out from under the truck, and police say that he exhibited physical symptoms of controlled substance use. The suspect is said to have refused to identify himself to officers, making aggressive advances towards them.

After refusing to identify himself to officers, he was arrested for interference and was subsequently identified by the reporting party.

After further investigation of the scene, police report finding a broken glass pipe near where Means had been located. The pipe contained suspected methamphetamine residue.

The affidavit goes on to report that Means physically resisted officers and hurled vulgar insults at police. The affidavit says that officers had to force Means into a patrol car, and that Means was kicking at officers, as well as the police vehicle.

It is reported that one officer was struck twice, and that a patrol car was dented during the arrest.

It is further said that Means continued to kick inside the patrol vehicle’s detention cage, during transport to the Natrona County Detention Center.

Means faces recommended charges including Destruction of Property, Interference with a Police Officers, Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.