A 29-year-old man who was using bath salts was arrested and charged after he was found naked and screaming over the weekend in a flower bed in Crystal City, police said.
The incident began shortly after midnight Sunday near the intersection of Crystal Drive and 18th Street South when police received a call.
When they arrived, they found a man — later identified as Hector Anaya Segura of Mexico — standing in a flower bed, waving his arms in the air and “screaming incoherently,” according to Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman with the Arlington County police department.
Segura’s clothes were scattered in the roadway.
Police said a naked Segura then ran to a police cruiser and began slamming his hands on the hood.
A police officer used a Taser on him, causing him to fall down. Sternbeck said Segura did not comply with officers’ commands and tried to stand up. A Taser was again used on him before officers handcuffed him.
Segura was taken to an area hospital, police said. A field test kit turned positive for use of drugs, and police said they found an e-cigarette on Segura which they believe he was using to smoke bath salts.
Segura was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of bath salts. He told authorities he was attending a meeting in the area — the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
On its Web site, the group says it “brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.”