BANGOR — Bangor police say a 27-year-old man charged with eluding a police officer and other offenses may have been under the influence of the synthetic drug known as “bath salts.”

Police say Christopher Buzzell was apprehended Tuesday morning after he was found standing in the Penobscot River.

Police say Buzzell is the first person charged in Bangor in connection with the man-made stimulant and hallucinogenic drug that began to surface in the city in February.

Police say an officer attempted to stop Buzzell after seeing his vehicle run a red blinking light. After a brief pursuit, Buzzell ran and was found in the river.

The Bangor Daily News says Buzzell appeared excited and confused.