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An incident that began with a man allegedly acting erratically, wielding a knife and crashing his truck Thursday morning culminated in officials extracting him from a drainage ditch, according to a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 8:34 a.m. March 27, units from the sheriff’s office responded to an address on Cox Road, where Roland Pelletier Jr., 50, of Chesapeake Beach allegedly was yelling and trying to operate a truck, the release states.

It appeared that Pelletier had crashed the truck into the house, which was where he lives, causing minimal damage, said Capt. Steve Jones, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Although he had a knife, it does not appear that Pelletier threatened anyone with it, Jones said.

When the officers arrived, Pelletier began running on foot through yards and crossed Route 260 before entering the yard and driveway of a private residential home. As he yelled, Pelletier began throwing trash cans around, strewing their contents, according to the release.

Responding units then established a perimeter and attempted to calm Pelletier down by trying to get him to comply with verbal commands, but he refused. As more responders arrived, the release states, Pelletier fled down an embankment and into a roadside drainage culvert.

After he refused to come out, Pelletier was extracted with a tool that is often used to rescue animals from similar situations, Sheriff Mike Evans (R) said.

After he was removed from the culvert, Pelletier was transported to the hospital to receive medical treatment and an EMS evaluation, the release continues. No one, including Pelletier, was injured during the course of the incident, though Pelletier was suspected to be under the influence of drugs, the release states.

The case is being handled by Dfc. Weems. The sheriff’s office, Calvert County Special Operations Team, Squad 4 Patrol, Beach Patrol, Animal Control and Dunkirk Emergency Medical Services Co. 5 responded. A warrant charging Pelletier with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace was served on March 28, according to court records.

ANDREA FRAZIER