SALEM TWP. —A man from Syracuse, New York, had smoked methamphetamine for three days before he abruptly stopped his car in a residential neighborhood yelling there was a poisonous snake inside, according to charges filed.
Township police said Thomas William Fleming, 42, stopped in the middle of East Third Street at about 1:53 p.m. Saturday, and yelled “There is a poisonous snake in my car.” Fleming got out and jumped on the trunk telling bystanders and police “He got it,” arrest papers say.
Police allege Fleming claimed he hadn’t slept for days and had used methamphetamine for three days before he was arrested. Fleming refused to submit to a blood chemical test at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton, according to the criminal complaint.
Fleming told police he was traveling from New York to Tampa, Florida.
Fleming was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.