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Monday, July 9, 2012

Crazy Naked Men on PCP, Bath Salts, and Meth

     Within the past few weeks, police in Tempe Town, Lynx Lake, Phoenix, and Scottsdale, Arizona have arrested naked men high on synthetic drugs. They had shed their clothing because PCP, bath salts, and meth causes body temperatures to rise. The drugs also produce bizarre behavior that is often criminal. The recent cases in Arizona may be a harbinger of problems families and police officers will be facing due to the increasing popularity of these drugs.

Chris Brown

     On June 20, 2012, at 11:30 AM in Tempe Town, a community 10 miles east of Phoenix, police received a call that a man was swimming in a municipal lake in violation of an ordinance prohibiting such activity. The trespasser, 38-year-old Chris Brown, was swimming in his birthday suit. When he refused to come out of the lake, rescuers climbed into a boat to fish him out of the water. On the shore, among Brown's clothing, police officers found drug paraphernalia.

     The naked swimmer avoided apprehension for an hour, but eventually ended up in the rescue boat. The local prosecutor charged Chris Brown with indecent exposure, failure to identify, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Believed to have been high on some kind of synthetic drug, his case is pending.

Calvin Forrey

     Yavapaia County sheriff's deputies, on June 25, 2012, responded to Calvin Forrey's home in Prescott, Arizona. A family member had called 911 to report that Forrey, naked and drug addled, had become disorderly. The 27-year-old, who admitted to the responding officers that he had been using bath salts, was not arrested because he wasn't belligerent.

     Four days later, a man at a Lynx Lake campground called the Yavapaia Sheriff's Office to report that a naked man "on drugs and out of his mind" had stolen his Jeep. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Forrey, not far from where he had stolen the vehicle, screaming at the top of his lungs. The Prescott man had crashed the Jeep and was injured. Forrey's pit bull charged one of the officers who shot and killed the dog.

     On Saturday morning, July 1, Calvin Forrey died in the Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Information regarding his cause of death has not been released. His blood is being analyzing to determine if he had been under the influence of bath salts or other synthetic drugs.

Unidentified Naked Man

     In Phoenix, at 2:30 in the morning on July 4,  2012, a nude man driving a Budget rental truck plowed through the front lawn of a home and slammed into the house, ending up in one of the dwelling's bedrooms. Fortunately the room was at the time unoccupied. The naked man jumped out of the truck and fled the scene on foot. Later in the day police identified the driver and took him into custody.

John Brigham

     On November 24, 2011, John Brigham, a 45-year-old from Gilbert, Arizona was staying at his Uncle Ed's house in Scottsdale. That day, a neighbor called 911 to report a man with nothing on but a bath towel around his waist was stacking furniture and other household items into a big pile in the front yard. The man was also dancing about this stack of stuff to loud music. This strange-acting man turned out to be John Brigham.

     When police officers rolled up to Uncle Ed's house, they saw Brigham standing nude in the front doorway. The nephew admitted to the police he had been smoking marijuana and snorting meth, and referred to the mess he had made in his uncle's front yard as a sculpture constructed in anticipation of a visit from a witch.

     An officer called Brigham's Uncle Ed who was in New York City at the time. The owner of the house confirmed that his nephew had permission to be in the home, but was not pleased that he had trashed the place. Although Uncle Ed agreed to press charges, he said he was worried about his nephew's mental state, and drug habit.

     At the Scottsdale city lockup, Brigham, who had gotten dressed for the police, stripped again, and created a commotion by yelling and banging the bars to his cell. After getting him dressed, officers took Brigham to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation. A few days later, the charges against him were dropped, and Brigham went home.

     On June 29, while driving in Scottsdale, Brigham collided with another car, injuring the driver. Brigham got out of his damaged vehicle, took off his clothes, and started yelling and chanting. He then climbed onto the roof of another car and danced about in the nude.

     Brigham's bizarre behavior took an ominous turn when he yanked a woman out of a Toyota Prius and drove off in her car traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed in the westbound lane. He hadn't gone far when he crashed the blue Prius into four cars. As Brigham tried to carjack a second vehicle, police officers took him into custody. One of the cars Brigham had smashed into contained a woman who was 8-months pregnant. Both of her legs had been broken. Brigham, in his reckless driving spree, had injured seven people.

     The Maricopa County prosecutor charged Brigham with aggravated assault, robbery, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was held in the Maricopa County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. A toxicological test revealed he had been high on PCP. Brigham's preliminary hearing is set for July 13, 2012. 

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