Police: Bath Salts User Leads Them on Chase

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

According to Virginia State Police, a West Virginia man sent police on a high speed chase through the Valley after smoking bath salts.

It was the talk of the town Thursday in Augusta County along Route 11 South. That was where most of a high speed chase happened.

Joshua Cecil is the man who allegedly ran away from police. You can see him in this picture:

 


Police said Joshua Cecil was speeding down 81-South and when they tried to stop him, he kept going. Cecil got off at Mount Crawford and turned down Route 11 South. That is when Tina Crum saw what happened.

"I heard slide marks and then I heard a crash and when I looked up I saw the car come down through the yard and so we run out to check to see if somebody was okay," said Crum.

She said Cecil drove off the road, hit a telephone pole and drove around her work. Crum said he was so close to the building, it was dangerous.

"Cause if somebody would have stepped out our door he would've run over us."

Crum said he then crashed into another car here, got out and ran away.

Police said Cecil then stole a car and drove into Clymore Elementary School, but he kept going after that. Finally, Augusta County deputies arrested him in the Rolla Mill subdivision in Verona.

Police said they found bath salts inside his car.

"It's given pause to all members of the law enforcement community as to the extreme effects of the substances and the highly addictive nature of it," said Sgt. Frank Pyanoe with the Virginia State Police.

Extreme effects of bath salts may have led to a high speed chase and an interesting afternoon for those who live and work in the area.

"Absolutely crazy,” said Crum. “Who would expect a car to come down through your work parking lot?"

Police say Cecil is charged with reckless driving, running away from police, stealing a car and having drugs. He is now being held in Middle River Regional Jail.

Police told WHSV Cecil did not seem to be under the influence of bath salts, but they say he admitted to smoking bath salts for the last three days as he drove over from West Virginia. They are seeing more and more of this as people use this drug.


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