Deputies: man high on bath salts jumped in front of SUV

By WKTV News

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Vernon man for reportedly jumping in front of a car on Route 31 near Ostrander Road after ingesting bath salts.

Jack A. Maine, 36, was reported by a motorist to have jumped in front of his south bound SUV causing the motorist to take evasive action from striking Maine.

The motorist, who was concerned for Maine's welfare called 911 for police.

When deputies arrived, they found Maine in nothing but pajamas.

Deputies say he ran into the barn yard of a local farm and resisted arrest when officers tried to subdue him.

A short time later as Maine became more coherent, he admitted to ingesting the new designer drug commonly known as "Bath Salts".

Deputies and other local police say they've seen a significant rise in similar incidents such as this as the drugs side affects cause extreme paranoia, delusions, super human strength, invincibility, hallucinations, suicide, aggressive and violent behavior, and possibly even murder.

The drug contains the chemicals Mephedrone and MDPV and may cause permanent psychosis from a single use or brain damage.

Unlike, Cocaine and Methamphetamine, drugs that cause similar side affects, "Bath Salt", overdoses are much more difficult to treat medically resulting in the possibility of permanent affects.

Maine was arraigned in the Town of Vernon Court on charges of disorderly conduct/obstructing traffic and trespass violations. He was also charged with resisting arrest a class "A" misdemeanor. Maine was committed to the Oneida County Jail.

He will re-appear in the Town of Vernon Court at a later date.

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