Man Allegedly Steals School Bus High on Bath Salts

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

A man allegedly stole an Augusta County school bus, and then he drove that bus into a building in Waynesboro.

Thirty-four year-old Joseph Henschel has been arrested, and he told police he was high on bath salts at the time.

The use of bath salts is rapidly growing.

Bath salts can be found in specialty shops, and even though they are illegal in some places, the problem has been on the rise here in the Valley.

When Henschel was arrested this morning he was allegedly showing all the signs of a bath salt overdose.

Police say he started having an emotional breakdown. After his arrest, police reported, he was flailing on the floor and twitching.

Medical experts say these are just a few signs of a bath salts overdose.

“We have seen lots of cases where they have caused people to behave erratically, become paranoid, delusion, aggressive. There have been cases where people had to be restrained,” said behavioral health doctor, John Savides.

Bath salts is the street name of the chemical known as mephedrone. It's effects are said to be similar to methamphetamine use.


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