The Drug Enforcement Administration describes LSD as a “potent hallucinogen that has a high potential for abuse” and one Oregon man will tell you that’s definitely the case.
According to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and Oregon State troopers where in the area of Emigrant Lake responding to a “large gathering that reportedly involved drugs and alcohol use” on June 2nd. At around the same time, two deputies were making arrests for individuals found to be driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).
While deputies were waiting for tow trucks to haul away the vehicles of the DUII suspects, 23 year old Anthony Joseph Clark attempted to enter one of the cars. An Oregon State trooper tried to stop Clark but he successfully got into a 2003 Toyota Camry and drove away.
A police chase quickly ensued and the report says Clark drove off the roadway and then traveled north on the shoulder of the southbound lanes on Interstate 5. Clark eventually turned around and started heading south towards Southern Oregon University. The crazy chase continued until Clark “crashed through multiple industrial gates off the roadway” and police decided to terminate the pursuit as the car was now in a more populated area.
The Toyota Camry was eventually spotted later that evening by a sheriff’s deputy who began following the car at a “distance to discourage high speeds.” The deputy apparently called in the car’s location and a Talent Police Department officer deployed spike strips to take out the Camry’s tires.
The spike strips successfully deflated the car’s rear tires but, since the Camry is front-wheel drive, Clark continued driving. He eventually headed towards the city of Phoenix where an officer from the local department was able to deploy another set of spike strips which managed to take out the front tires.
Despite having four flat tires, the Camry continued on its way and “deputies applied multiple pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuvers” to bring the chase to a halt. The car was eventually stopped on the South Pacific Highway but Clark reportedly tried to ram a patrol car and then run away from the scene.
Oregon State troopers chased after Clark and managed to catch him while he attempted to steal a vehicle from a mobile home park. Clark admitted to taking LSD earlier in the day and reportedly told deputies that he “believed he was in the video game Grand Theft Auto and the police were trying to catch him.”
Clark was transported to the Jackson County jail and is facing a long list of changes from the Ashland Police Department, Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Among the highlights are attempting to elude an officer in a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, driving under the influence of intoxicants (controlled substance), unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person – among other things.
— Red Dead Wood (@cswood) April 19, 2018