( 4UMF NEWS ) Man High On Drugs Drives Into County Jail:
A Florida man who had taken flakka slammed his car into a county jail before getting tangled in razor wire climbing over a fence early Tuesday, police said.
Patrick Rempe, 24, told police he was high on the synthetic drug and just wanted to visit friends who are behind bars after crashing his car into the Indian River County jail around 1:15 a.m., according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Rempe’s car didn’t shatter the glass sliding door of the building, but he turned the vehicle around and smashed it into a nearby fence at the Vero Beach facility, cops said.
The sheriff’s office posted a video of the car’s collision with the front door on its Facebook page, noting that Rempe had barely missed a deputy who was outside. Investigators also shared a photo of him caught in the barbed wire as several deputies surrounded him.
Deputies said he caused at least $5,000 worth of damages and spit on one of them as they took him away, the Vero Beach Press Journal reported.
Rempe didn’t breach the facility or injure any deputies during the encounter, Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a statement.
“This is what drugs do to you,” Loar said. “Flakka is poisoning our youth.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has linked flakka — which comes in white or pink crystals that can be eaten, snorted, injected or vaporized — with suicide and heart attack deaths. The drug shows similarities with bath salts and can cause paranoia and hallucinations that lead to “violent aggression or self-injury,” according to the federal drug agency.
Rempe is recovering under supervision in the Indian River Medical Center, officials in the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. He’s charged with felony criminal mischief, aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and driving under the influence.
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