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Authorities Believe Swindle May Have Been on PCP

The suspect in Sunday’s deadly car chase south of Shelbyville may have been under the influence of the drug PCP—if his actions are an indicator, according to local officials. When the property owner on CR 2420 called the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office they indicated that 38-year old Jonathan Swindle was walking around his house taking off his clothes. Investigators on Wednesday released the 9-1-1 call that led to the deadly car chase Sunday at Lout Town. Swindle was shot by law enforcement after hitting a state trooper with a stolen truck. Shelby County Sheriff’s Investigator D.J. Dickerson and Center Police Detective David Haley told a Tyler TV station (KYTX) Swindle’s behavior was exactly like someone on PCP. They added someone on PCP will take off their clothes so they can try to cool down. Dickerson and Haley said there’s a new stronger version of the drug that gives people super-human strength and convinces some of them that they’re God. Haley said individuals under the influence of PCP will be calm one minute and the next second they’re violent. Swindle reportedly swerved off of Hwy. 87 to avoid throw-down spikes and hit Trooper Zachary Mills. He continues to recover at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Whether Swindle was on PCP will have to be determined by autopsy results. His funeral service is pending at Community Funeral Home in Center.

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