Police say bath salts fueled naked rampage
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A former Nitro High School wrestling standout told State Police he was high on illegal synthetic drugs when he jumped naked onto moving vehicles near Huntington.
Seth Montgomery Easter, 23, of Nitro, was arrested Wednesday night after an incident at the intersection of West Pea Ridge and Darnell roads.
Troopers were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. to the intersection after receiving a report of a "naked man jumping on passing cars," said Sgt. Greg Losh, detachment commander.
"They get there and observe (Easter) attempting to get on top of a moving car and he's naked as a jaybird," Losh said.
He said the female driver was terrified at the encounter and fled shortly after troopers arrived. Easter tried to climb onto multiple vehicles and at one point tried to get into one, Losh said.
"It's not every day you're driving along and a naked man jumps on your hood and is riding it by holding on to the windshield wipers," Losh said.
Troopers were trying to calm Easter down and get him away from the road. Easter had been calm at first, he said, but then charged at one of the troopers and punched him in the face. Losh said the trooper sustained "some scrapes" and was back on duty Thursday.
Easter fled but troopers caught up to him and took him into custody after a brief struggle. Losh said Easter told troopers he was on synthetic cocaine, known by the street name bath salts, among other drugs.
"This shows the extremes people will go to when they're under the influence of drugs," Losh said.
Troopers deal with bath salts abusers from time to time, but that it's never easy to deal with them.
"We've found that bath salts is one of the worst kind out there and the most dangerous for law enforcement to deal with," Losh said. "They (bath salts abusers) go crazy. They don't feel pain. They don't react to anything. You don't know what they're going to do."
A 2008 graduate of Nitro High School, Easter was a four-time state wrestling champion. He wrestled for one year at Cornell University in New York.
Easter was charged with battery on a police officer, fleeing and indecent exposure. He is free on bond. Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at email@example.com or 304-348-4850.