A man arrested after he was found passed out in a North Charleston apartment where methamphetamines were cooking told a judge Wednesday he woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed with no idea how he got there.
Christopher Howard Schmidt, 33, of South Shadow Drive in Mount Pleasant, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Magistrate Linda Lombard set his bail at $50,000.
When asked by the judge what he does for a living, Schmidt said he works at a cabinet shop, but he couldn’t quite recall the entire name of the company.
“I can’t think right now,” he told the judge.
Lombard asked him if he was high and he answered “No.”
“My arm’s messed up,” he said. “Something’s wrong with my arm.”
Schmidt seemed confused by his circumstances. He said he had been in the jail for three days, though he was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He said he doesn’t remember being arrested, only waking up handcuffed in the hospital.
He also told the judge he has a 10-month old baby and is on probation for possession of crack cocaine.
North Charleston police on Tuesday were called to the Brackenbrook Apartments at 4775 Apartment Blvd. to check on a person needing medical help. Officers found Schmidt passed out in an apartment about 1 p.m., police said.
Officers also encountered a strong chemical odor coming from the apartment and found various tubes, bottles and other supplies for making methamphetamine, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police found .1 gram of meth in the unit along with evidence that previous meth “cooks” had taken place there, an affidavit stated.
Officers evacuated the building and took Schmidt to a hospital as a precaution, police said.