On Friday at about 7:50 p.m. Porterville Police Department Officers responded to the Porterville Transit Center, located at 61 West Oak Avenue, regarding a male inside the business lobby who was destroying computers and possibly under the influence of a controlled substance.

When Officers arrived they contacted Eric DeWitt as he was attempting to walk away, detaining him without incident. Further investigation revealed for unknown reasons, DeWitt entered the lobby of the Porterville Transit Center where he lit matches and attempted twice to burn paper. Dewitt also smashed computers with a total damage estimated at about $15,000 and it was determined DeWitt was under the influence of a controlled substance.

DeWitt was arrested and later booked at the Tulare County South County Detention Facility where he is being held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.

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