Man Blames Hotel Vandalism On Sleeping Pill

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File image of Ambien bottle (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

File image of Ambien bottle (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

(CBS Seattle) — An official with Lakewood’s Clover Park School District claims a reaction to his prescription sleeping pills caused him to vandalize and create a disturbance at the Davenport Hotel on June 25.

The Spokesman-Review reports superintendent James N. Paxinos had been staying at the hotel while attending a superintendents and principals conference when a security guard noticed a gallon jug of cleaner falling from the hotel’s roof to the ground. When the gaurd investigated, he also found roofing material in the street in front of the hotel, according to charging documents.

The guard watched security footage and saw Paxinos going in and out of the building several times. He also found damage in offices in the building’s top floor

When police were called to Paxinos’ room later that night, he was reportedly intoxicated and unable to remember anything he had done.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Paxinos later told police he remembered accessing the roof though he knew he wasn’t supposed to. He admitted to throwing two jugs of cleaner, rolls of roofing material and food from the roof. Paxinos told police he climbed through a ceiling panel in the men’s bathroom on the top floor, then fell through the ceiling in another office. His behavior was all in an effort to access the Davenport roof.

Paxinos’ lawyer, Steve Graham, says his client had never taken Ambien before and the medication put him in an “involuntarily intoxicated” state.

The 43-year-old superintendent has worked for the Clover Park School District for about three years, according to court documents. He is on paid administrative leave until the school district completes its investigation.

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