Port Moody, British Columbia, police had their hands full over the weekend dealing with a teenager who decided to pick a fight with a mailbox, apparently while high on LSD.
The incident started at around 5 a.m. on Sunday at the corner of Moray Street and Portview Place.
Police were called to the area after a passerby saw someone dancing, talking then fighting a mailbox.
“Our members attended and saw this 15-year-old kid literally talking to this mailbox and full-out fighting it,” said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel.
He said the officers tried to calm him down, but it was clear the teen, described as being six feet tall, was under the influence of some type of substance.
The incident turned serious when police tried to take him into custody. The teen turned his rage toward the officers.
It ultimately took three officers to subdue the youth. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released with no charges.
“It’s just a kid who made some bad choices. Criminal charges aren’t in the best interest for that kid, ” Van Winkel said, adding police don’t believe the teen made a conscious decision to fight with the officers.
A pair of tweets was sent out by the police department that morning regarding the incident: “A call of a male fighting with a mailbox. Mailbox fighter arrested after violently fighting with police.”
The department said such incidents highlight the difficulties officers face when dealing with people on illegal substances.
“When people are on drugs – on these types of stimulants – it’s amazing what they can do, these are three big police officers,” Van Winkel said.
“That’s part of the drug use.”
He also noted it’s quite rare nowadays for teens to be using LSD, which is a hallucinogenic, because it can lead to a bad trip.
He added designer drugs like ecstasy are more common.