Shelley Smith writes in the Salisbury Post:
The man who led deputies on a high-speed chase across northern and eastern Rowan County last night told authorities the reason he fled from officers at speeds up to 120 mph was because as he was watching television, Dr. Phil told him in a high-pitched voice that America was under an alien invasion. He told officers he drove off to save his girlfriend, authorities reported today.
Richard Donald Blanscet, 21, of 170 Sailboat Drive, was arrested after the chase, and admitted to smoking a synthetic marijuana – Mr. Nice Guy Herbal Smoke Blend – before the chase ensued. He was charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest and resisting a public officer. He was given a $2,500 secured bond.
Authorities said Deputy Josh McHone was dispatched to Blanscet’s home around 7:45 last night to assist fire and EMS with a combative patient who had consumed an unknown substance. The report did not indicate how the initial call came in.
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