BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who admitted to using “bath salts,” a newly outlawed synthetic drug, was found with a knife Friday night after a couple reported to police that she was following them, Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said on Saturday.
Pepper spray to the face did not stop Amy Nadeau, 26, of Bangor from following the couple, who called police at around 11:40 p.m.
When Officer Gary Decker pulled up on his bike, he saw the couple being followed by Nadeau. He told her to stop and to show him her hands and when she did, Decker “observed a razor knife in her left hand,” Hodges said.
Officer Joe Page arrived and “they took control of her and secured the knife,” the sergeant said.
An ambulance from Bangor Fire Department was called and rinsed the pepper spray off Nadeau’s face.
While interviewing Nadeau, she told police that she had consumed bath salts and “she was talking about being in outer space and wanting to be with her friends on Earth,” Hodges said.
Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine at the beginning of July, usually contains mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users of the drug.
Exactly why Nadeau was following the couple or whether the three knew each other was not in the police report, Hodges said.
Nadeau was arrested and charged with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal threatening. A fourth charge — refusing to submit to arrest — was added after she fought with Decker and Page when being placed in the back of the cruiser for her trip to Penobscot County Jail.
Nadeau is no stranger to trouble, with several convictions on her record in the last three years for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, violating condition of release and refusing to submit to arrest, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.