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Police: Man on mushrooms tore off part of own penis

June 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM   |   Comments

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YPSILANTI, Mich., June 25 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said an Ohio man is recovering after ripping off part of his own penis while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said deputies responding to a burglar alarm at Ypsilanti Middle School found the 41-year-old Columbus man naked, screaming and bloody from the waist down outside the school around 1 a.m. Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

"He really wasn't saying much at all -- a lot of yelling and screaming," sheriff's Sgt. Geoff Fox said. "He wasn't making sense. They couldn't really communicate with him in terms of constructive conversation."

Fox said the man had broken a window to the school but hadn't stolen anything. He said the man was holding a piece of his own penis, which he had apparently ripped off.

The man and the severed part of his organ were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township.

Fox said the man had been close to death.

"In terms of vital signs, they were as low as they could go without being dead -- I could only assume due to the blood loss and the shock and trauma to the body," he said.

It was unclear whether the severed portion of the man's penis was reattached.

Fox said the man did not have a history of mental health problems or hard drug use. He said the man apparently consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms prior to the incident.

"We've sent his blood off for further analysis to see if there was anything else, if the mushrooms could have been laced with something," Fox said.

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