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Police: Man High On Bath Salts Ate Feces

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Mug shot of Matthew Hammond. (credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Mug shot of Matthew Hammond. (credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — Authorities say a Gwinnett County man ate feces while allegedly high on bath salts.

Matthew Hammond, 21, was arrested July 3 after his mom called police to say her son was “walking around out of his mind, armed with a knife,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When Gwinnett County police pulled up to confront Hammond, he charged their car.

“(Hammond) banged on his windows a couple times and actually grabbed onto the latch of the door trying to open it, saying, ‘Come on, come on,’ as if he wanted to fight,” Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WGCL-TV.

The officer was finally able to arrest Hammond after pulling his gun on him and forcing him to the ground.

After taking Hammond into custody, the officer smelled a “strong odor of excrement emitting from his breath” and saw “feces in his mouth and on his teeth,” according to the Journal-Constitution.

Hammond told police that he snorted “a lot” of bath salts, the paper reports.

“We expect that we’re going to see this more and more and with the extreme negative reactions that go along with this drug,” Smith told WGCL. “It’s got the potential to be a big problem.”

Hammond was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of an officer. He is currently being held at Gwinnett County Jail.

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