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OTTUMWA — An Eldon man was arrested on a warrant for escape after his intoxicated behavior drew the attention of police.

Thomas Reisch, 45, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of East Wilson Street in Ottumwa. Court documents show police were called after Reisch pounded on a stranger’s door.

Reisch “was heard yelling and hallucinating,” according to the criminal complaint. Reisch later told officers he “had injected bath salts a few hours prior and was still feeling the effects of the drug.”

The public intoxication charge is a misdemeanor. But that wasn’t the only issue. Reisch had signed out of the Ottumwa Residential Facility on Sept. 8 to visit a sick family member at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He didn’t return.

In 2016 Reisch was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his conviction for first-degree theft. The sentence was suspended in favor of five years’ probation. The court found in April 2019 Reisch had violated his probation and sent him to prison.

Reisch’s work release began in May of this year, and he arrived in Ottumwa in July. He faces a charge of escape, a serious misdemeanor, for his failure to return to the Ottumwa facility.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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