Bangor man on bath salts found with knife

Posted Dec. 05, 2011, at 4:55 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Someone called police Friday night saying that a man was acting strangely in a Hammond Street apartment house. When police arrived, they found him with the synthetic drug bath salts, a needle and a knife, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

When Officer Taylor Bagley entered the apartment house, Alexander Pelkey, 27, of Bangor was having spasms in a hallway, the sergeant said.

“He had a knife clutched in his hands,” Edwards said. Bagley was able to take possession of the folding knife, which was closed.

Pelkey had a needle used to shoot up drugs in his pocket and bath salts in his possession, the sergeant said. He was arrested and charged with illegal possession of synthetic drugs and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, which would not admit him because he was under the influence of bath salts, Edwards said. He was then taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.