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    'Pirate' in hospital after ingesting garden plant

    A man who believed he was a pirate at sea when he was actually a prisoner in the Dunedin police cells has been admitted to Dunedin Hospital after his drug-induced pyschosis failed to wear off.


    The man was found naked on the roof of a South Dunedin building at 10am on Sunday and taken to the Dunedin Police Station.

    Police inquiries have revealed that on Saturday the man drank the juice of a garden plant, a substance which is a Class A drug, Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said.

    While in custody he appeared to believe he was a pirate at sea and was using a rolled-up magazine as a telescope.

    Twenty-four hours later, 48 hours after taking the substance, the man was still heavily affected by the drug.

    "He was exhibiting quite bizarre behaviour overnight. He appeared quite agitated and excited."

    A medical team was called to the station to examine the man and a decision was made to admit him to Dunedin Hospital.

    "There are concerns among the medical experts that these types of substances can cause permanent or semi-permanent psychosis," Mr Aitken said.

    He urged other people to learn from the man's misfortunes.

    "If he thought he was a bird rather than a pirate when he was on that roof the consequences could have been disastrous."

    The man was due to appear in Dunedin District Court this week charged with disorderly behaviour, but that date would be reassessed.


    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3047052a4560,00.html

  2. #2
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    I want to know what the plant was. Wow, thats some high.