Auburn Hills Police: naked man walking on I-75 'not unusual'

With temperatures in the teens and 20s and snow falling from pre-dawn to post-dusk, walking naked on a Michigan interstate probably wasn't on the top of your to-do list. However, Auburn Hills Police say the call isn't that unusual

A YouTube user uploaded video of the man, roughly 50-60 years old, walking naked on interstate 75 during Sunday's historic snowstorm. The video, which is less than a minute long, was uploaded Sunday and was purportedly recorded the same day.

Auburn Hills police were called to scene about the same time the video was shot. According to police, four officers quickly realized that the man was suffering from what is known as 'excited delirium syndrome'. Auburn Hills police say the officers were able to convince the man to get into the patrol car and then they drove him to a fire station where an ambulance was waiting. On the way, he became unresponsive and had to be loaded onto a gurney. 

While in the ambulance, he woke up and and became combative. Paramedics and police were in the ambulance and were able to restrain him so he could be treated by a doctor.

Excited delirium syndrome typically affects with a history of stimulant use. Police say the state saw a significant uptick in this kind of call before the state outlawed chemically altered substances known as "bath salts" and "spice". Before that, the calls were pretty regular, police say. 

The effects cause a body to overheat so bad, they take their clothes off. Typically, the person is incoherent and usually combative and are not cooperative with police, causing a fight which leads to bodies overheating even more, which leads to cardiac arrest.

Auburn Hills police urge this not a definitive diagnosis but it is likely. Police say they don't have an update on the man's condition but say his family was contacted and with him at the hospital.

Auburn Hills Police Chief Doreen Olko credits the responding officers with their quick response that likely saved the man's life.

The YouTube user who recorded the video appears to have done so while driving. FOX 2 does not condone or encourage recording video while driving.


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