A naked man high on bath salts was arrested on two counts of trespassing after he was seen in a Tempe neighborhood running through yards, jumping fences and throwing himself against walls, police said.
Sean-Paul Branscome, 23, was taken into custody Sunday morning after officers set up a perimeter in the area of Kenwood Lane and Lodge Drive, where he was last seen running.
Tempe police said they initially received a call of suspicious activity in an area of Country Club Way and Guadalupe Road. As officers were en route, they received further information that a man, later identified as Branscome, had shed his clothes.
A short time later, a nearby resident reported that Branscome was in an alley and wearing a garbage bag for clothes.
After his arrest, police said Branscome admitted he had ingested bath salts. Tempe Fire Department crews were called to evaluate Branscome's condition. Branscome was taken to a local hospital where he received further medical treatment.
Branscome was later transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked on two counts of trespassing onto a residential yard.
In the wake of the incident, Tempe police advise residents that the irrational tendencies displayed by people under the influence of bath salts can lead to violent behavior.
Some common signs and symptoms of bath salts are severe paranoia, anxious and jittery behavior, lack of appetite, erratic behavior with potential for hallucinations, violence and self-mutilation.
Tempe police said if you encounter someone who could potentially be under the influence of bath salts to notify your local law enforcement agency.
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