PORTLAND – A man armed with a metal bar and high on a synthetic drug known as “bath salts” fought with several officers before he was arrested at a Southeast Portland motel, police said.
Officers were initially called to the Best Value Inn, located at 3310 Southeast 82nd Avenue, for a report of an unwanted man in one of the rooms.
When they arrived, they found Randy Sturdevant, 31, in the doorway of a room and armed with a metal bar. They ordered him to drop the bar and he instead tried to shut the door and jump out a second story window, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
“Officers began to struggle with Sturdevant and during the struggle he was tased. Sturdevant fought through multiple Taser cycles and continued to fight with officers until he was taken into custody,” Simpson said. “Ultimately it took five officers to get Sturdevant handcuffed.”
Sturdevant was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment for what appeared to be a drug-induced psychosis, Simpson said. Investigators later learned that he had ingested the designer drug known as "bath salts."
Several officers received minor injuries during the struggle with Sturdevant.
After his release from the hospital, Sturdevant was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for charges of escape and resisting arrest. He also had an outstanding parole violation detainer.