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Florida man on Flakka allegedly tried to crash his way into jail to visit friends

By Ben Hooper
Florida man on Flakka allegedly tried to crash his way into jail to visit friends
A man high on Flakka crashes his car into the front doors of the Indian River County Jail in Florida. Indian River County Sheriff's Office/Facebook video screenshot

VERO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a suspect was high on designer drug Flakka when he tried to break into jail by crashing his car into glass doors.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office shared a video on Facebook showing the 2002 Toyota, driven by Patrick Rempe, 24, colliding with the front doors of the Indian River County Jail.

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A pane of glass on one of the doors shatters, but the doors hold their integrity and stop the car without opening.

The sheriff's office said Rempe then crashed his car into a fence, damaging the structure, and climbed the fence before becoming stuck in the razor wire on the inner perimeter of the jail.

Deputies said Rempe admitted his was "high on Flakka" and said he wanted to visit friends inside the jail.

The sheriff's office said Rempe was arrested, but he didn't get his wish -- he was held under supervision at the Indian River Medical Center instead of the jail.

"This is what drugs do to you. Flakka is poisoning our youth. Fortunately, none of our deputies were injured and our facility wasn't compromised," Sheriff Deryl Loar said.

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Rempe is facing charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of felony criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and driving under the influence. Authorities said more charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Man high on Flakka tries to break into the Indian River County JailMedia release: December 15, 2015Overnight, Patrick Rempe (24) of Vero Beach rammed his 2002 Toyota into the front doors of building C at the Indian River County Jail barely missing a deputy who was outside of the jail. The glass on the doors shattered, but maintained integrity. Rempe then drove at a high rate of speed, ramming into the fence outside of building E causing damage to the fence. Rempe climbed up the fence and became entangled in the razor wire on the inner perimeter of the jail. Indian River County Emergency Medical Services were called to remove Rempe from the fence. Rempe spit on one of the deputies after being removed. He was transported to Indian River Medical Center for treatment from injuries sustained during the crash and while entangled in the razor wire. Rempe admitted to deputies that he was "high on Flakka" and that he just wanted to visit friends who were in the jail. Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, "This is what drugs do to you. Flakka is poisoning our youth. Fortunately, none of our deputies were injured and our facility wasn't compromised." Rempe is currently being held under supervision at the Indian River Medical Center. Rempe faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of felony criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, driving under the influence, and possibly more.

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Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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