BANGOR — Officials say a 32-year-old Bangor man died shortly after telling police he was high on a hallucinogenic drug known as “bath salts.”

Police say Ralph Willis was running around yelling at people on a Bangor street Friday evening.

When an officer arrived, police say Willis charged at him, got into a scuffle, broke a radio antenna off the back of his cruiser and smashed out the rear window. He then ran into a truck that was exiting a nearby funeral home.

While being taken to jail, Willis said he was on bath salts and “needed to get off them.”

A short time later, he was taken by ambulance from jail to Eastern Maine Medical for unknown medical reasons, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say an autopsy is scheduled.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.