A body camera worn by a Florida deputy shows the effects of synthetic drugs.
The disturbing video from a body camera worn by a Pasco County deputy was recorded early Monday morning as a gang member high on the drug Spice fought arrest.
Deputies said he was a man out of control.
“Get on the ground, get on the ground now,” deputies shouted in the video as they used stun guns on Michael Arthur Lane.
They said they shocked him three times and used pepper spray, but the violent struggle and incoherent ramblings went on.
“That’s all you got,” Lane screamed.
It all started with a disturbance call on Broad Street in New Port Richey. But deputies quickly realized Lane was under the influence. He eventually told them he had taken Spice.
Even while in handcuffs the known white supremacist gang member wouldn’t give up.
"I am a [expletive] God,” he yelled.
The drug induced behavior is known as “excited delirium” during which people feel like they have super human strength.
“I’m flying,” he shouted.
“And they are not going to listen to lawful commands from law enforcement, and we have to do what we have to do make sure we are safe, and that individual is safe,” said Lt. Bill Davis with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said synthetic drugs like Spice and flakka are unpredictable and dangerous.
“We don’t what’s in these chemicals. They are getting this stuff from underground labs, from overseas, the internet. And law enforcement and our labs are trying to keep up with what’s actually the chemical active ingredient in these compounds,” Davis said.
Pasco County was one of the first in the state to crack down on the sale of Spice and other synthetic drugs at convenience stores. But authorities say the problem continues underground.
The ranting continued, even as Lane was in the back of a cruiser.
But eventually he started to calm down.
“I love you all man,” he said.
“I know you do. I know you do,” the deputy replied.
Effects of Spice include threatening behavior and aggression, along with hallucinations and paranoia.
In this case, it took five deputies to get Lane under control.
Lane has a long criminal history and is now charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest with violence and obstructing police.