A Broward Boulevard streaker is the latest example of the synthetic designer-drug flakka inciting someone to strip and run naked from imaginary killers.
Matthew Kenney, 34, was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation Saturday evening after telling a Fort Lauderdale cop he had smoked flakka and was running from people who stole his clothes and were trying to kill him, according to a police report.
Kenny told police "he'd rather die than be caught by these unknown people," the report said.
A motorist recorded video of Kenney bolting, stark naked but for sneakers, through a busy intersection and dodging an officer as he gets out of his police car.
Sporting a prominent tan, Kenney dashes in front of cars at a stoplight on Broward Boulevard at Avenue of the Arts and sprints by the cop, the video shows.
Police were notified about 7:30 p.m. of a naked man walking on West Broward Boulevard.
An officer chased Kenney, who later said "people were chasing him and trying to kill him," the report said. "Kenney explained these unknown people stole his clothes and he was attempting to flee from them."
Kenney told police that he was running down the middle of the street "because if I got hit by a car they would stop chasing me."
Kenney, of Fort Lauderdale, has been arrested three times since December on charges of disorderly conduct, making a riot and possession of a controlled substance, records show.
An illegal, controlled substance, flakka comes in a crystalline rock form and can be smoked, snorted, swallowed in capsules or injected.
It is the latest derivative to come out of the designer-drug phenomena that includes Ecstasy, MDMA, Molly and bath salts.
Flakka has rocked South Florida in recent months. By all accounts, it causes delirium, delusions and hallucinations, incites violent fits, nightmarish visions, belligerence and aggression and saddles its users with seemingly superhuman strength.
Since January, flakka has given rise to a naked gunman on a Lake Worth rooftop yelling that someone was trying to kill him, a man trying to kick in a glass door at the Fort Lauderdale police station because he thought he was being chased by a mob, another who impaled himself when he attempted to scale a security fence at the Fort Lauderdale station because he was trying to escape murderers, and yet another who left a trail of blood after attacking an 82-year-old Riviera Beach woman in her home.
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