An Altoona man is facing lewdness charges after an evening of alleged drug experimentation turned weird.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Patton Township police, officers responded to a call at about 1:40 a.m. Sept. 12 along the 500 block of Vairo Boulevard. A witness reported seeing a barefoot male wandering in the road and occasionally laying on the sidewalk.
When officers arrived, police said, a completely naked man, later identified as Ian Young, 20, was seen jogging in the road. A second man, identified as a friend, was nearby holding clothing.
The second man stated Young was “on something,” police said. Young was observed as “physically tense and was covered in sweat.”
Young allegedly ignored police orders to go to the side of the road, police said, and would continually shout and run around. Officers reported every time they would get close, he would run farther away.
One officer deployed a Taser against Young, police said, but he allegedly broke free and continued to run. A second Taser was used, but he again broke free. Two short bursts of pepper spray also allegedly had no effect.
Eventually officers were able to handcuff Young, police said. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.
Talking to Young a few days later, police said, he allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol when he decided to try LSD. It began to have a bad effect, so he allegedly took a Zoloft to counter it, making the situation worse.
Young was arraigned via summons by District Judge Ronald Horner, according to court documents, and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and open lewdness. A preliminary hearing is slated for Oct. 12.