May 22, 2018
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Man taken off Bangor bridge was on bath salts, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The man who was “acting strangely and dancing around” Monday afternoon on the train trestle just north of Penobscot Bridge told police he had consumed the synthetic drug bath salts, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Police, firefighters and emergency crews converged on the Penobscot River overpass just after 2 p.m. and the man, whose age and hometown were not listed in the initial police report, was removed from the trestle shortly afterward.

He was uncooperative with fire department rescue crews so Officer Steve Jordan gave him a ride to Eastern Maine Medical Center for an evaluation, Edwards said.

No charges were filed.

Monday’s bath salts incident was the second in just three days involving men who consumed the lab-made drug and took to Bangor bridges.

On Aug. 26 a 35-year-old Gouldsboro man, who reportedly took bath salts for the first time earlier in the day, climbed under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge and perched there for more than two hours.

The man, who told emergency responders that “there were drugs all over the bridge” and in his clothing, Edwards said, proceeded to remove his shorts and empty every pocket before throwing them in the water. He was taken to EMMC for an evaluation after using a fire department ladder to climb to safety.

He was “completely focused on the drugs planted on and around him and the bridge,” the polcie sergeant 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.

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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