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Hallucinating man hits car head-on, stabs driver, then stabs self with drill, police say

May 16, 2011 | 10:46 am

A Menifee man hallucinating from drug withdrawal drove head-on into another car, stabbed the driver and then ran into a nearby garage, where he repeatedly stabbed himself in the neck with a cordless drill, authorities said.

Garrie Aspengren Jr., 38, had been undergoing detoxification from pain medication and had not slept for three to four days, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Aspengren was driving down Safflower Street in French Valley just before noon Sunday when he rammed the other car.

After the crash, he apparently walked over to the other car and stabbed the driver with an unknown object and then attempted to stab a passenger, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

Aspengren then fled into a nearby home's open garage, grabbed a drill and began stabbing himself. The homeowner and two of his friends detained him until police could arrive.

The driver of the other car was taken to Loma Linda Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger was taken by family members to a hospital for treatment.

Aspengren was taken to Rancho Springs Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. Sheriff’s officials said he will be booked for assault with a deadly weapon.

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