Jessica Elaine Creasman, 25, of 22 Lynne Road, Leicester, N.C., was charged by the Pacolet Police Department with resisting arrest, attempted grand larceny, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an incident report.
The report said an officer saw a car swerve into the opposite lane off Highway 176 near Highway 150 about 11 p.m. Monday. The car rolled into the center of the median and a person got out and ran into the nearby woods, the report said.
The officer pulled into the median, got out of her patrol car and approached the car. The officer heard what sounded like a shotgun racking twice and she took cover on the passenger side of her patrol car and called for backup, the report said.
While the officer was beside her car, she heard the police car's driver's side door open. Looking into the car with her weapon drawn, the officer saw Creasman in the driver's seat, the report said. Creasman tried several times to put the car in drive, and hit the accelerator, but the car was still in park.
Creasman jumped out of the car and the officer ordered her to get on the ground. Creasman shouted at the officer before complying with her command to get on the ground.
A deputy who arrived struggled with Creasman to get her handcuffed, the report said. After she was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, Creasman told officers that she and her boyfriend had been snorting bath salts all night. Officers found several vials of bath salts, including an empty vial, in Creasman's car, the report said.
Officers searched with a K-9 for the boyfriend Creasman said had been in the car with her, but didn't find him.
Creasman gave a breath sample at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility, which was negative for alcohol, and she consented to a blood test at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The blood will be analyzed by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Monday's incident was the first time Pacolet police had encountered someone under the influence of “bath salts,” Chief Robert Ivey said. Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies have responded to several incidents in recent weeks involving suspects who said they had ingested bath salts.
Bath salts, which have no connection to those placed in bathtubs for traditional relaxing, can be snorted, smoked or eaten for an amphetamine-like high.
They contain chemicals that can cause hallucinations, paranoia, delusions and a rapid heart rate, and can damage the heart, brain and kidneys.
Marketed as “bath salts” or “plant food” and sold legally in stores, the stimulants are the latest synthetic drugs to be targeted by federal authorities. The Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to place an emergency ban on the chemicals in bath salts shortly, according to authorities.
Creasman remained at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility on Wednesday on a $1,967 bond.