Shortly after we reported on the spread of bath salts in Utica, at least three more incidents involving the designer drug took place on the Fourth of July.
The first happened around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Cops got a call that an “emotionally disturbed man” had locked himself inside a bathroom and wouldn’t come out. Turns out, the 30-year-old was on bath salts and armed with a knife. He threatened cops, telling them to back off, until they coaxed him out of the bathroom. He was then handcuffed and taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Second, around 9:45 p.m, a man called the cops, claiming that someone was burgling his apartment. He then told police: “he was unsure if he was being burglarized or if there were squirrels in his house.”
The officer then learned that the squirrel man was the same guy who was involved in a bath salts incident Tuesday night, “in which he believed that someone was chasing him.” He called the cops later that night, again claiming that someone was in his house. They went back to his home and didn’t find anyone. He said he hadn’t used bath salts in several days and was just feeling side effects.
Last, Utica cops found a man in a wooded area right before midnight. He was on the ground and yelling for help, claiming that he was paralyzed from the waist down. Apparently, he had just done bath salts. Law enforcement agents took him to a hospital.
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