A North Liberty man who was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been accused of causing thousands in damage to utilities there.
Police took 33-year-old Dayne Tripp of Alexander Street to the facility Monday morning for an unknown reason. Staff moved Tripp to a locked unit because of his wild mood swings and being verbally aggressive.
University of Iowa Public Safety officers were then called to the unit when Tripp allegedly climbed into the ceiling of his room. Hospital officials say while up there, Tripp caused approximately $10,000 in damage to the electrical, plumbing and duct work. He then refused officers request to come down.
Tripp was eventually secured and released to police. He was charged with 1st Degree Criminal Mischief and Interference with Official Acts, and if convicted, Tripp could be sentenced to over ten years in prison.