The synthetic drug known as bath salts has struck again. Fortunately, there was no cannibalism this time, just some good old-fashioned streaking.
Tempe police have arrested a 23-year-old man who reportedly stripped off his clothes and ran through a Tempe neighborhood after consuming the drug, AZFamily.com reports. Sean-Paul Branscome has been charged with two counts of trespassing onto a residential yard.
On Sunday morning, Tempe police responded to a neighborhood near Country Club Way and Guadalupe Road. According to the witness, Branscome had been slamming himself against walls in the neighborhood.
Branscome then reportedly stripped off his clothes and took off across the neighborhood. A witness told police that Branscome was last seen in an alley wearing a garbage bag.
Eventually, police were able to track down Branscome and arrest him. Branscome reportedly told police that he had taken bath salts prior to his naked romp. That explains it.
The drug isn't the stuff you put in a bath to make your skin soft. The term "bath salts" encompasses several synthetic stimulants including mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. The drugs' side effects include extremely high body temperature, vivid hallucinations, and paranoia. Many states, including Arizona, have passed laws prohibiting the use of bath salt drugs.
Compared to the possession charge Branscome could've faced had he had bath salts on him at the time of his arrest, Branscome got off pretty easy. He's been charged with two counts of trespass onto a residential yard. Entering a fenced in residential yard without the consent of the owner is a class 1 misdemeanor in the state.
Sean-Paul Branscome was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. He was then booked into Tempe City Jail.
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