Man ‘acting strangely’ on train trestle taken to hospital

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 3:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police, firefighters and emergency crews converged on the train trestle just north of Penobscot Bridge just before 2 p.m. Monday to deal with a man “acting strangely and dancing around,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

At least four police officers and rescue crews arrived to do a welfare check on the man, who was eventually taken into custody and transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for an evaluation, the sergeant said.

Why the man was dancing on the bridge and whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be part of the investigation, Edwards said.

On Aug. 26, a 35-year-old Gouldsboro man on the synthetic drug bath salts climbed under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge and perched there for more than two hours. The man was taken to EMMC for an evaluation after using a fire department ladder to climb to safety.

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.

The man taken to EMMC on Monday looked like he was in his 20s and was very agitated, an eyewitness said.

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