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Suspect on 'bath salts' fights with police

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Randy Craig SturdevantPolice arrested a man under the influence of so-called bath salts Friday.

It took five officers to restrain and handcuff Randy Craig Sturdevant, 31, who was charged with a parole violation, third-degree escape and resisting arrest.

Several officers received minor injuries during the struggle with Sturdevant, who was hospitalized before being jailed on the charges.

According to police, at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, East Precinct officers responded to the Best Value Inn, 3310 S.E. 82nd Ave., on the report of an unwanted subject in one of the rooms. As the officers were responding to the scene, they learned that the subject was Sturdevant and that he had an outstanding parole violation detainer.

Officers arrived at Sturdevant's room and noticed that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and that he was armed with a metal bar. Sturdevant refused to comply with officers' commands to drop the bar and instead tried to shut the door and jump out a second story window.

Officers began to struggle with Sturdevant and Tased him. Sturdeveant fought through multiple Taser cycles and continued to fight with officers until he was taken into custody. Ultimately it took five officers to get Sturdevant handcuffed.

Sturdevant was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to what appeared to be a drug-induced psychosis. Officers later learned that Sturdevant was under the influence of bath salts, "street name" for a family of designer drugs which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine.

After his release from the hospital, Sturdevant was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.