A Florida woman was arrested on Sunday after she allegedly streaked around a St. Petersburg park in broad daylight while on meth in order to escape a “giant spider,” according to police.
Danielle Teeples, 40, was arrested and booked on charges of exposure of sexual organs, news station WTFS in Tampa Bay reported. When police arrived to the park at around 2:15 p.m., they allegedly found Teeples “acting erratically and rubbing her hair and breasts” while screaming and running between trees. She was allegedly completely naked. When police asked her to get dressed she allegedly refused and told them she took off her clothes to get away from a “giant spider” that was on her.
Police said Teeples admitted to recently using meth, crack cocaine and spice, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Spice is a mixture of synthetic chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. However, it is often referred to as “the zombie drug” because of its side effects.
Teeples’ drug use could possibly explain the “spider.”
A report by VICE states that a psychosis called Ekbom's syndrome is often associated with meth abusers. The condition, which is rare, can result in users feeling as if there are bugs crawling on their skin.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse for Teens states meth addicts can “hallucinate—or strongly imagine—that they’ve got insects creeping on top of or underneath their skin.”
These “bugs” are sometimes referred to as “crank bugs.”
Teeples is no stranger to police. She has previously been arrested in Pinellas County on drug possession, prostitution and forgery charges, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
[Photo: Saint Petersburg Police Department]