Police suspect Anthony Hatfield was high on bath salts when they found him naked on a stranger's front porch in the Clator section of the city Sunday morning.
Officers responded to a report of a naked man attempting to destroy the railings of a front porch on Flynn Avenue around 4:10 a.m. Sunday. According to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball, Hatfield, 37, of Wheeling was naked on the porch and his shorts were found nearby.
Hatfield was frantic and confused, Kimball said, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. Officers discovered six packages of bath salts in Hatfield's shorts. Due to his condition, they transported him to Wheeling Hospital.
Police were called back to the hospital when Hatfield became hysterical and began tearing apart the room in which he was being treated. Kimball said officers were forced to restrain Hatfield while hospital personnel sedated him.
Officers cited Hatfield for indecent exposure and public intoxication. Kimball did not know Hatfield's condition or location on Monday morning. He was not listed among inmates at the Northern Regional Jail.
This is the second report this month of Ohio County law enforcement encountering an individual high on bath salts, and Kimball predicted a rise in crimes committed by those using the synthetic drug.
A 15-year-old boy who was wandering around Elm Grove with his pants off earlier this month told an Ohio County sheriff's deputy he was high on bath salts.