October 17, 2016

A 42-year-old Manning man ran from police officers, fell and spilled prescription drugs from his pockets, and tried to bite an officer when they eventually subdued him, according to court records.

Eli Matthew Rood was riding his bicycle at night with no headlight near Third and North West streets in Carroll on Oct. 8 when the officer told him to stop.

Rood tried to flee the officers about 2 a.m. on his bicycle and later by running.

“When the defendant was running he fell and several pills fell all over the ground out of his pockets,” an officer wrote in a criminal complaint. “The defendant then proceeded to fight with officers.”

It took a total of three police officers to restrain and arrest Rood, who allegedly kicked and grabbed them and attempted to bite one of their hands.

Rood is charged with assault and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. Officers also suspect him of possessing a small amount of methamphetamine, but a state crime lab test is needed to confirm it.

No officers were seriously injured in the fight.

Rood faces up to a year in jail for the assault charge if he is convicted.

He was arrested for possession of meth and marijuana in November in Manning, pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 85 of those days suspended. His assault arrest might lead to a revocation of his probation.

Rood is held at the Carroll County jail. He has no job and was appointed a state-paid attorney to defend him against the charges.