Man on bath salts thought demons were chasing him through Church Hill

Jeff Bobo • Aug 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

CHURCH HILL — Police said a man who was allegedly beating on residential doorways Friday evening with a piece of wood demanding entry to people's homes claimed he was being chased by demons who wanted to poison him.

Upon further investigation it was revealed that Seth Edward Rimer, 25, 2121 Clinch Valley Rd., Treadway, was allegedly high on bath salts.

Around 6:30 p.m. Friday Church Hill Police Department Assistant Chief Roddy Miller was dispatched to the 200th block of West Main Street to be on the lookout for a white male running west on Main Street carrying a “large 2x4 board” and beating on people's doors and demanding entry into their homes.

Shortly after receiving the call Miller reportedly observed the man, identified as Rimer, run across Main Street to another residence.

“I followed the subject to the porch of 214 West Main Street,” Miller said. “The subject was carrying a large stick and was barefooted and out of breath. Mr. Rimer stated that he was running from the demons that were trying to poison him at Apartment 115 of Jaycees Apartments.”

Miller added, “Based on the way Mr. Rimer was acting, he appeared to be under the influence of 'bath salts' at which he later admitted that he thought that was what he took while staying at Apartment 115 at Jaycees.”

While Miller was speaking to Rimer, he was leaning against a porch that was about 6 to 8 feet off the ground. Rimer then fell off the porch and landed on his head.

Church Hill EMS was called to the scene and transported Rimer to the Holston Valley Medical Center where he was admitted.

A computer check revealed Rimer to be wanted in Hawkins County for failure to appear.

When Rimer was released from the hospital Sunday he was picked up by the CHPD and charged with public intoxication.

Rimer was arraigned Monday in Sessions court and remains held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.

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