Man bites car, bath salts to blame?


A Florida man showing signs of being under the influence of bath salts bit the hood of a police cruiser, scraping off the paint and causing nearly $600 in damage while officers attempted to restrain him, local police allege.

According to police reports, 47-year-old Eric Scott of Milton, Fla., had been knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking them to call 911, saying he needed medical assistance. When officers from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrived, Scott allegedly began to walk away from them while cursing to himself, before throwing his flash light at a nearby mailbox and screaming “over and over” at the officers to shoot him.

He already had several self inflicted injuries to his hands and blood coming from his nose, police said.

Police allege that as they waited for emergency responders to arrive, Scott, then detained in handcuffs, began to scrape his teeth across the hood of their patrol car, digging through the paint down to the metal. Scott was transported to a local hospital, where he continued to ask police and hospital workers to kill him. Scott was released from the hospital but could still face charges of criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence.

Scott displayed numerous symptoms of using bath salts including “erratic behavior, confusion, loss of direction, and aggression towards law enforcement,” according to police reports.

“We unfortunately have to deal with [suspects on bath salts] pretty frequently and all of his actions were consistent with someone who was on that,” Haines told ABC News.

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