PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested and may face drug charges after police said they had a strange encounter with him and found him with bath salts and possibly marijuana.
About 12:30 a.m. Friday, an officer parked in the 6600 block of Shepherd Avenue noticed a car headed toward a dead end pass him very slowly before eventually stopping the car and turning off the headlights, Portage police said.
Police approached the car and said the driver, Kevin Cosner, 43, of Portage, told them he had "no idea" what he was doing in the industrial park at that hour and didn't know where he was or where he was headed.
Officers searched the man, who reportedly had a pocketknife and an expandable baton in his back pocket, which he said he carries for self-defense.
Police said they also found an empty canister of "bath salts" in his pocket, along with a second partially empty canister.
Cosner reportedly told officers that he had snorted the salts about four hours earlier while staying at a hotel on U.S. 20 in Portage.
Officers noted that throughout the exchange Cosner's behavior was bizarre and that he said he was on "a mission from God" and proclaimed himself to be "one of the last three witnesses."
Police said Cosner said nothing further about his "mission," other than he had been assigned it about four months ago after separation from his family.
Police said they also found what they believed to be marijuana on the driver's side visor, though initial testing came back inconclusive.
Cosner was taken to Porter County Jail without incident. Marijuana-related charges are pending.