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Kansas man ordered home to mental facility

He was going to be released, but at the last minute Chris Edward Collins couldn’t hold it together, police said.

Collins, 21, who was accused of trying to steal a golf cart from the Edgewood Golf Course on New Year’s Day and threatening to hit officers with a snow shovel, pleaded guilty Wednesday to trespassing.

Tahoe Township Justice Court Judge Steven McMorris ordered Collins to stay on his medication, return to Kansas, and get into a treatment program. The charges of burglary, battery and resisting a public officer with force were dropped. As officers were trying to release Collins from jail, he allegedly became agitated and aggressive.

After his arrest, Collins was sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. Prosecutors said Collins was found competent, but “subject to episodic periods of psychosis.”

When Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the golf course on New Year’s, they reportedly found Collins shoveling snow and talking rapidly to himself. When the deputies identified themselves, Collins allegedly threatened to hit them with a snow shovel. Collins started to shovel rapidly in the deputies’ direction and threw a shovel full of snow at one of the officers, investigators said.

It took four officers to subdue Collins and drag him into a patrol car.

On Wednesday afternoon, Collins was sent to the Douglas County Mental Health Facility for evaluation.

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