John Brigham Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in PCP-Fueled Naked Carjacking Spree
John Brigham says he's not guilty of the multiple felonies he's charged with related to the alleged PCP-fueled naked carjacking spree in Scottsdale a few weeks ago.
The former Chandler high school teacher and real estate executive pleaded not guilty today to multiple counts of robbery and endangerment -- charges that were brought from a grand jury indictment last week.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, Brigham's spree started on the afternoon of June 29, when he blew through a red light and ran into two cars -- which sounded bad enough, until he got naked and started running.
After shedding his clothes and jogging down Via de Ventura, Brigham jumped on top of one of the cars he'd crashed into and started "chanting unknown statements," the documents say.
Police say Brigham then made it onto Hayden Road and carjacked a woman driving a Toyota Prius.
After making it onto Shea Boulevard and heading toward the Loop 101 entrance, Brigham hopped the median and crashed into three more cars, while the Prius flipped a few times.
Brigham kept going, as police say he tried to "forcibly enter" three other cars that were stopped on Shea before officers showed up and arrested him.
One of the people he hit on Shea was a woman who sustained two broken legs from the crash. She's also eight months' pregnant, according to the documents.
Three other people were hospitalized after their crashes with Brigham, and Brigham himself also was hospitalized.
According to the documents, the initial toxicology report showed a presence of PCP in Brigham's body.
Brigham's next court date is September 6.
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