Bath Salts Found in Crashed Car in Kinnelon

Nineteen-year-old driver charged with DWI.

A Kinnelon man was arrested on DWI and drug charges after he crashed his car on Brush Hill Road Tuesday, according to police. Lt. John Schwartz said officers found suspected synthetic cathinones, also known as bath salts, in his car.

Kenneth Waldrop, 19, was charged with underage consumption of alcohol, possession of controlled dangerous substances and issued several motor vehicle summonses, including for DWI.

Schwartz said Kinnelon Police Sgt. Joseph Napoletano responded to the scene where a motor vehicle crash was reported on Brush Hill Road around 8:45 a.m. He saw a 2002 Lincoln four-door that was partially off the roadway with heavy front end damage and Waldrop standing next to the car.

Waldrop told Napoletano that he had lost control of his vehicle while attempting to make the turn and that he was driving fast, Schwartz said. Napoletano smelled alcohol on Waldrop's breath and Schwartz said Waldrop admitted to drinking, although he refused to perform field sobriety tests.

While looking for Waldrop's paperwork, Schwartz said Napoletano found the suspected synthetic cathinones on the floor.

Waldrop was arrested and transported to the police station. He was released with a date to appear in court.

For questions on this report, email ariana.cohn-sheehan@patch.com

EDWARD JONES January 03, 2013 at 10:42 PM
3 boys January 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
The term “bath salts” refers to an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Reports of severe intoxication and dangerous health effects associated with use of bath salts have made these drugs a serious and growing public health and safety issue. The synthetic cathinones in bath salts can produce euphoria and increased sociability and sex drive, but some users experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium; some even display psychotic and violent behavior, and deaths have been reported in several instances.
Richard Dean January 08, 2013 at 02:04 AM
More good police work by good cops. BTW, the term "cop" originated in England from "constabulary on patrol."


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