Driver on bath salts arrested in Clinton

June 30th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: June 30
Updated: Today at 10:15 PM

Driver on bath salts arrested in Clinton

CLINTON — A Fairfield man summoned recently for operating under the influence of drugs reportedly told police that he had consumed bath salts after he was pulled over for driving erratically.

Clinton police Chief Craig Johnson said Mitchell Morse, 51, was shaking when he admitted to consuming bath salts Friday morning after getting out of his vehicle.

Bath salts is the nickname for a synthetic stimulant legal in Maine. The relatively new designer drug is sometimes mixed with other substances and reportedly causes agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

Johnson said he received a report of a motorist driving erratically at 11:12 a.m. Friday and stopped Morse four minutes later on Main Street.

“A gentleman stepped out of the car and I got out of the cruiser and approached him and he was shaking all over,” said Johnson. “The man explained he wasn’t feeling good and I called for rescue.”

Johnson said after Clinton Rescue personnel examined Morse at the scene, Morse was transported to the Waterville Police Department, where Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Ross performed a Drug Recognition Examination.

Johnson said Morse was summoned for operating under the influence of drugs and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

There have been other recent reports of the use of bath salts in the area.


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