William Bell
William Bell

May 18, 2018

A 59-year-old Yetter man was intoxicated by an unknown drug when he was outside in the rain about 5 a.m. Monday and saw children who weren’t there, according to court records.

Someone called law enforcement to report a suspicious-acting person that morning in the 400 block of East Fifth Street of Carroll, and when a police officer responded he saw William Edward Bell looking into a car window.

“When he noticed us he tried climbing a retaining wall to get away,” a police officer wrote in a criminal complaint.

The officer was able to catch up with Bell and put him in the back seat of the officer’s patrol vehicle.

Bell “appeared very out of sorts and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance,” the officer wrote. “He stated he kept seeing children and other people that were nowhere to be seen.”

Bell’s pupils were constricted and he was “very on edge,” but his body was loose, the officer wrote.

The officer arrested Bell for simulated public intoxication, a criminal charge for being high on drugs in public. He was released from jail that afternoon.

Bell has been in and out of prison numerous times over the past 20 years for drug-related convictions and others.