Waukesha man charged with burglary after psychotic episode

Published on: 2/19/2014

The District Attorney's Office is pursuing charges against a 28-year-old Waukesha man accused of burglarizing a home and driving his vehicle off a 30-foot ravine while high on marijuana laced with amphetamines.

Cullen Glynn, 1608 Swartz Drive No. 122, was charged Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted burglary, felony vandalism, attempting to flee police, resisting an officer, obstruction, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Waukesha Police Department were dispatched at about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3 to the 1500 block of Swartz Drive after receiving reports of a burglary in progress.

Dispatched advised officers that a witness said a man was lying in the streets screaming and had been banging on neighbor's doors.

An officer arrived and began pursuing a vehicle that had sped off from the scene of the incident. The officer noted the vehicle was traveling at about 80 mph as it turned north onto Grandview Boulevard.

The vehicle stopped briefly at Silvernail Road, but again sped off toward I-94, the complaint states. As it crossed the I-94 overpass, the vehicle struck two curbs and jumped a snowbank. It landed at the bottom of a 30-foot ravine near the highway and smashed into a large tree, according to the complaint.

Cullen emerged from the vehicle, bloody and smiling, the complaint said. He resisted commands to show his hands and yelled gibberish at officers arriving on the scene, the complaint states.

Fearing for their safety, officers tried to bring down the 210-pound man with a stun gun, but he seemed to shake off its effects, the complaint states. Two more stun guns were used, and he was eventually wrestled to the ground and handcuffed.

Witnesses told police that Cullen had been banging on doors in the 1500 block of Swartz Drive and shouting unintelligibly. One homeowner said that Cullen yelled a "war cry"and smashed his hand through a front-door window, causing about $5,750 worth of damage, the complaint said.

The homeowner's husband was able to stop Cullen from opening the door from the inside and he fled, the complaint states.

Police noted in the complaint that Cullen admitted to smoking about a gram of marijuana but did not recall what happened after that. Officers said the man asked what had happened nearly 30 to 40 times on the ride to the hospital, where he was held for several days.

A field test on marijuana recovered at the scene tested positive for amphetamines, a stimulant commonly referred to as "speed."

If convicted, Cullen could face up to 15 1/2 years in prison and $53,500 in fines.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 7.