CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Chesapeake man was arrested on Sunday after allegedly trying to rob his neighbor's house while high on bath salts.
Rachel Withrow, of Barrister Road, woke up at about 4:30 a.m. to find her neighbor, Timothy Paul Sands Jr., inside her house, according to Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Withrow told Sands to leave, but he allegedly continued to look around the house, Crosier said. He then allegedly told her he was going to steal her television.
Sands eventually left, Crosier said, and Withrow called police. He said two Kanawha County sheriff's deputies and two West Virginia State Police troopers found Sands outside, but Sands allegedly fought with the officers.
Crosier said Sands was eventually handcuffed and put into a patrol car, where he allegedly continued to fight and hit his head against the window.
Sands was taken to the South Central Regional Jail, but the jail would not take him because he appeared to be high, Crosier said. Sands allegedly admitted to using synthetic bath salts.
After sobering up at Thomas Memorial Hospital, Sands was again taken to the South Central Regional Jail, Crosier said. He was charged with nighttime burglary, battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer.
Sands was in the South Central Regional Jail early Monday in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Bath salts are a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of methamphetamine and cocaine, but can lead to elevated heart rate, hallucinations, paranoia and death. Their sale has been banned in West Virginia.
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