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Naked man spotted jumping on cars near Huntington

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 01:08 PM

HUNTINGTON — A Nitro, W.Va., man was charged Wednesday night with indecent exposure, based upon reports he was jumping naked on moving vehicles reminiscent of Spider-Man.

West Virginia State Police suspect the man was taking bath salts. It happened around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday on West Pea Ridge Road near its intersection with Darnell Road, according to State Police Sgt. G.N. Losh.

“It just shows you the extremes people will go to when they’re on illegal drugs,” he said. “We just caution the public when they see things like that, or think they are abnormal, to call us and not approach these people. They will do abnormal and crazy things.”

The 23-year-old was charged with indecent exposure, fleeing and battery on police, all misdemeanors. He was released on a $10,000 bond, according to court records. Estimated punishments range from a fine to a year in jail, if convicted.

Losh said witnesses told police the naked suspect was jumping on the vehicles’ hoods and grabbing windshield wipers. Indications are at least two cars were jumped upon before police arrived, after which officers witnessed him try to jump on top of another.

The sergeant said some those impacted nervously fled the area. Their vehicles received limited, if any, damage.

“They would slow down,” Losh said of the motorists. “They’d see him in the road and he would jump on their hood.”

The man momentarily calmed down as officers arrived, but then ran in their direction with his fist back. Losh said that led to him punching one of the troopers and wrestling for a second before running away. He was caught moments later.

Losh said the punched trooper received very minor injuries.

The sergeant further explained bath salt abuse in Cabell County is not as prevalent as other drugs, such as crack cocaine and heroin. Troopers spot it only on occasion, but Losh said when they do it can be dangerous as bath salts take the offender to a different level where they feel no pain and exhibit abnormal behavior.

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