LSD and Meth Lead Phoenix Man to Stand in Busy Intersection and Flip the Bird to Traffic

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If you've ever wondered what it takes to stand in the middle of a busy intersection, Phoenix resident Shawn Mathews has the alleged recipe: LSD, meth, and a sprinkle of cocaine.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, that's the mixture Mathews explained to the cops, after he fought with five police officers in the intersection of 35th and Northern avenues.

Police officers were among the motorists who drove through the intersection and saw Mathews directing his middle finger at any car that drove by.

If you're not familiar with the area, it's not exactly an intersection of quiet residential streets:

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35th Avenue and Northern.

The two officers who passed Mathews went back to get him out of the intersection, but Mathews squared up, raised his fists, and said, "Let's go mother fucker," according to court documents.

Mathews took several swings at the officers, and a few more officers had to respond to help out.

"It took five officers to take him into custody," a police probable-cause statement says.

In addition to the charges Mathews racked up in this incident, he also had a warrant out for his arrest. According to court filings, it appears that Mathews has been arrested once or twice:


Despite everyone rolling around in the middle of an intersection, no one was hit by a car.

Shawn Mathews

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valleynative topcommenter

To be fair, we don't know that the drugs caused him to do this.  Maybe he would have done it anyway, but the drugs just made it more interesting, so he decided to make a day of it.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

Oh wait, "you have just eaten the most acid I have ever seen any body eat man"

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

"You have eaten the most acid I ever seen anybody eat man" -Ch0ng-


Acid's just not as good as it was back in the day......

Heck, neither is the meth, for that matter.  HEH


I don't know. You could give a lot of people meth and LSD and they wouldn't do that. I think Shawn Mathews bears, minimally, partial agency...

ExpertShot topcommenter

He looks sad.  I thought drugs were supposed to make you happy?


It is people like this that give drugs a bad name.

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

Big deal.Ive seen waaaay worse with alcohol..

Robb Vaules
Robb Vaules

For some reason I was expecting to read that he was naked.

Joe Birosak
Joe Birosak

This was me. I was not high on LSD or Meth. I just dislike people.


@ExpertShot I think a lot has to do with the quality.

There are no quality drugs

(cue Huey Lewis)

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