Man high on drugs ‘attacked’ by imaginary bear on camping trip, burns down cabin, tries to kill girlfriend

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MILTON, Vt. -- What started as a reported bizarre bear attack has turned into attempted murder charges for a Vermont man, according to WCAX.

Luke Gingras, 28, of Milton, Vt., was on a camping trip with his girlfriend. Both were high on cocaine and marijuana when Gingras slipped a drug known as Molly into his girlfriend's drink without her knowing.

Gingras claims that he was suffering from hallucinogenic effects of the drugs that caused him to see what he thought was a bear, police said.

To escape that imaginary bear, Gingras told police he knocked over a camp stove and burned down the cabin. The couple then took off running.

When the couple reached a steep cliff, Gingras told his girlfriend to jump, which she did. The 60-70 foot fall left her with severe injuries, including a broken back, broken ribs, a punctured lung and neck. She went into surgery Tuesday.

Police told WCAX Gingras then dragged her nearly three-quarters of a mile down a logging road to an abandoned vehicle where he purposely left her to go get help. When he returned, he had a friend and a rifle with him.

In a final bizarre twist, Gingras discharged the rifle into the backseat of the vehicle, claiming the bear was in the trunk.

Gingras was charged with attempted murder, domestic assault, reckless endangerment and arson. He is being held under a $100,000 bond and could face additional federal gun charges.


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