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Drugs tied to nudity, criminal mischief

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An incident in Hotchkiss described as a "rampage" is eerily similar to an arrest made two days earlier by the Delta County Sheriff's Office in Eckert.

At about midnight on Thursday, July 19, deputies observed a female pedestrian on Highway 65 near Ersley Road in Eckert. She was exposing herself and appeared to be quite intoxicated or high on some type of substance. Shirley Rimpley, 52, of Kansas City, Kan., was arrested and jailed on charges of intoxicated pedestrian on highway, public indecency and resisting arrest.

The "rampage" in Hotchkiss took place Friday, July 20, and involved juveniles that were allegedly under the influence of some type of drug, possibly acid. Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller said the incident started about 11:30 p.m., with reports of the males running around town in their underwear -- or naked -- and causing damage to some vehicles.

Alexander Mehder posted a photo on Facebook showing the damage to the windshield of his car parked at 2nd and Orchard.

The marshal said all five juvenile males, ages 15 to 18, have been identified. Multiple ambulances were summoned to transport the boys to the hospital, where they were checked and then released to their parents or guardians.

Miller said he is working with the Paonia Police Department to identify another juvenile and an adult male who were also believed to be involved in Friday night's criminal activity. He is also very interested in tracking the source of the illegal substance consumed by the teens.

No one is in custody at this time, Miller said, as officers continue to gather evidence. Charges could include consumption of a Schedule I substance, criminal mischief, trespassing and indecent exposure.

Mehder said in his Facebook post that one young man out of the group had come forward to apologize and to promise full restitution for the damages to his car.

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