Sunday, March 27, 2011

Man high on bath salts thought he was being chased by electricity

Believing that his car was melting and that he was being pursued by electricity, a 31-year-old Elizabethtown man abandoned his vehicle and broke into a home, police said. Chased by the owner of the home on Gravel Hill Road in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, police said, Seth Thomas Sanders broke into the man's garage, fled, then jumped onto the hoods of two vehicles, including a state police cruiser, before being apprehended.

Following his arrest in the Feb. 27 incident, police said they found Sanders had been under the influence of the US's newest "designer drug" craze: bath salts.

Marketed as bath salts "not for human consumption," they are sold under a variety of names, including "Red Dove," "Blue Silk," "Zoom," "Bloom," "Cloud Nine," "Ocean Snow," "Lunar Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "Ivory Wave," "White Lightning," "Scarface," "K2" and "Hurricane Charlie," according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Thrill-seekers are snorting, smoking, injecting or using atomizers to ingest the fine powder known to some users as "legal meth" or "legal cocaine." And it's legal. "If someone's obviously impaired and driving, we still have arrest powers," Pennsylvania state police spokeswoman Lt. Myra Taylor said. "As far as actual possession of some of the products, at this point, we don't have too much control in terms of enforcement and legalities."

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