A 2009 Mercedes 4-door sedan caught fire on an embankment at the 7200 block of SW Lake Flora Road in South Kitsap Sept. 25 after it careened over the roadway’s centerline. Responding Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that the apparent driver, who wasn’t wearing any clothing, reportedly was under the influence of narcotics. He was not injured. Photo: Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo

A 2009 Mercedes 4-door sedan caught fire on an embankment at the 7200 block of SW Lake Flora Road in South Kitsap Sept. 25 after it careened over the roadway’s centerline. Responding Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that the apparent driver, who wasn’t wearing any clothing, reportedly was under the influence of narcotics. He was not injured. Photo: Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo

Nude driver sends his Mercedes into a tailspin

SOUTH KITSAP — A 2009 Mercedes traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on SW Lake Flora Road in South Kitsap Sept. 25 spun out of control and rolled over on an embankment.

Tire marks on the fog line east of Toad Road indicated the vehicle began to leave the roadway, compelling the driver to overcorrect his steering, which sent the Mercedes across the centerline and into the westbound lane of travel, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson. The vehicle then left the road and propelled into brush and dirt on an embankment. It then rolled over several times, churning up dust, at around 11:36 p.m.

When the Mercedes came to a stop at the 7200 block of SW Lake Flora Road, it caught on fire, Wilson said. Another driver heading westbound on Lake Flora Road spotted the vehicle ablaze. The driver told sheriff’s office deputies he spotted a male standing next to the Mercedes as it burned. When the witness asked the apparent driver if he needed assistance, the man took off running eastbound on Lake Flora Road.

A deputy responding to the 911 call arrived on the scene at approximately 11:43 p.m. Approaching the car, the deputy spotted movement in the brush just off the roadway. He shined his patrol vehicle’s spotlight at the movement and spotted a male figure getting to his feet. The deputy reported the man was not wearing any clothing. Emerging from the brush, the man walked to the middle of the roadway.

The naked driver failed to respond to the deputy’s instructions, and later, was restrained with the help of additional deputies, Port Orchard police officers and firefighters. Officers reported the man appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

Wilson said officers attempted to speak with the naked man, who responded that he wanted to remain silent, wanted an attorney, said he felt as if he were being cut by a razor, had monsters hiding under his bed and was dealing with other unrelated issues.

Medics were successful in placing the man on a backboard, then a gurney and into a medic unit. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Once he arrived at the hospital, the man had to be sedated because of his violent behavior, Wilson said.

The emergency room attending physician reported the man had an extremely high pulse rate and a critically high body temperature, characterizing him as being in a state of excited delirium.

An investigation of the incident continues.

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