Report: Woman bites officer during arrest

DORSET TOWNSHIP — For the second time in less than a week, police say methamphetamine caused someone to think a dead body was under their home — and this time a deputy was injured during the incident.

Meggan Swan, 26, of Old Kyle Road, Dorset, in southern Ashtabula County, was arrested on a charge of felonious assault after being accused of biting the leg of a sheriff’s deputy on Valentine’s Day after using a claw hammer to bust a hole in the floor of a residence because she thought there was a dead body underneath, according to a police report.

Deputy Mark Mullett was called to the 1500 block of Old Kyle Road Wednesday because Swan was reportedly “tripping out,” the report states. Deputies were familiar with Swan and had transported her to the hospital earlier in the day for her behavior.

Mullett met a family friend of Swan, who said she has been living with him for a few weeks off and on, and he had come home and noticed damage to the floor. Swan, who the report said was hallucinating, was accused of using a claw hammer to bust a hole in the floor because she was concerned about a non-existent dead body.

Swan denied using meth, but the report states her behavior was consistent with deputy encounters with people under the influence of Mexican meth that is stronger than people in the area are accustomed to.

According to the report, Swan was irrational, resisted arrest and was forcibly restrained and handcuffed. Deputies picked her up and carried her outside, and as they were walking out of the garage she bit Mullett’s leg, breaking the skin.

Mullett was treated and received a tetanus shot, the report states. As of Friday afternoon, jail staff still was unable to book Swan due to her abnormal behavior.

Detective Greg Leonhard, Trumbull Ashtabula Group Task Force assistant commander, said over the past couple of years an influx of pure, stronger meth made in professional labs has been shipped from Mexico.

Unlike fentanyl, which tends to be shipped via mail from China, the meth ending up in Ashtabula County tends to be shipped from Mexico in the diesel tanks of tractor-trailers and other vehicles to distribution points in Akron.

Homemade meth labs in the county are down, Leonhard said, because people can buy Mexican meth for half the price and don’t have to worry about buying cold medicine, being detected and risking prosecution for illegal assembly of drugs.

“It’s been a drastic change,” Leonhard said.

Wysochanski is a reporter for the (Ashtabula) Star Beacon.