Police: Bath salts led DeMotte woman to deface hotel room

2011-05-12T07:04:00Z 2011-05-12T22:00:05Z Police: Bath salts led DeMotte woman to deface hotel roomBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 12, 2011 7:04 am  • 

A DeMotte woman believed to be high on bath salts allegedly told police she needed to write on the walls of a Rensselaer hotel room to protect her from evil spirits, officials said.

According to Indiana State Police, officers were called at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday to a hotel room near the intersection of Ind. 114 and Interstate 65 for a report of damage to a room.

When officers arrived, they allegedly found Tammy E. Winter, 42, of DeMotte, sitting on a bed. Winter allegedly told officers she needed to write on the walls of the hotel room to protect her from evil spirits.

A family member in the room told police Winter is a known abuser of bath salts, which are snorted and cause hallucinations.

Winter was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, and resisting law enforcement. Police said Winter allegedly resisted arrest and became combative. Winter was initially transported to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer before being taken to the Jasper County Jail.

Police said Winter again became combative at the jail and needed to be restrained.

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