POLICE BEAT

Brewer man taken to hospital after reportedly consuming bath salts

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 16, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Police dealt twice on Monday with a 48-year-old local man who reportedly had consumed the synthetic drug bath salts, and after the second encounter they decided to take him to the hospital.

“He was delusional,” Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin said Tuesday.

Police were first called to the Wilson Street motel where the man was staying at around 10:20 a.m. Monday after he called the front desk and reported someone was after him, knocking on the door.

Motel staff and police responded and found nothing. Police were called back to the motel at around 8:40 p.m. The man told them he saw bugs crawling on the building, that “he thought he was being set up to be robbed” and that “the windows were stealing energy from him,” among other claims, Martin 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.

Based on witness statements and his actions, police believe the man had been taking bath salts, Martin said.

“He denied it but his family told us he was,” the lieutenant said.

The man was placed in protective custody and then taken to the hospital for evaluation. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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