Crime

LSD and Meth Lead Phoenix Man to Stand in Busy Intersection and Flip the Bird to Traffic



If you've ever wondered what it takes to stand in the middle of a busy intersection, Phoenix resident Shawn Mathews has the alleged recipe: LSD, meth, and a sprinkle of cocaine.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, that's the mixture Mathews explained to the cops, after he fought with five police officers in the intersection of 35th and Northern avenues.

Police officers were among the motorists who drove through the intersection and saw Mathews directing his middle finger at any car that drove by.

If you're not familiar with the area, it's not exactly an intersection of quiet residential streets:


The two officers who passed Mathews went back to get him out of the intersection, but Mathews squared up, raised his fists, and said, "Let's go mother fucker," according to court documents.

Mathews took several swings at the officers, and a few more officers had to respond to help out.

"It took five officers to take him into custody," a police probable-cause statement says.

In addition to the charges Mathews racked up in this incident, he also had a warrant out for his arrest. According to court filings, it appears that Mathews has been arrested once or twice:


Despite everyone rolling around in the middle of an intersection, no one was hit by a car.


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