Stumbling pedestrian arrested on drug charge

Columbus police arrested a local man after he became combative after trying to help get him out of harm’s way while he was stumbling along in the roadway on 25th Street.

Kevin D. Dulong, 33, of 2089 Fremont Drive, appeared to be hallucinating when Columbus police officer Michael Butler was sent to the 2000 block of 25th Street at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday about a suspicious person in the street, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Dulong refused to leave the roadway and poked Butler in the chest, Harris said. When he poked Butler a second time, a struggle ensued and officers were able to take Dulong into custody, Harris said.

When Dulong was searched, officers found methamphetamine in his pants pocket, Harris said.

Dulong was charged with battery on a public safety official, resisting law enforcement and possession of methamphetamine, police said. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond, jail officials said.