UPDATE: Man On Bath Salts Makes First Court Appearance

The man who led officials on a high-speed chase while he was high on bath salts made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Court officials say a last minute change allowed Ryan Burbage to see a judge before his scheduled first appearance on Tuesday morning.

Burbage, 31, is being held in Craven County on a $250,000 bond. A judge also issued him a bond of $750,000 in Carteret County.

Burbage faces several charges for the high-speed chase Saturday, including two counts of attempted murder. Officials say he tried to use his car to run over two deputies.

During the chase, lawmen believe Burbage was high on bath salts and had been drinking. His ten-year-old daughter was in the car with him during the chase.

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The man who led officials on a high-speed chase while he was high on bath salts is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Ryan Burbage, 31, of Newport is charged with attempted murder after his arrest Saturday night. Officials say Burbage had his 10-year-old daughter in the car during the chase.

Troopers say Burbage was high on bath salts at the time of the chase and also had alcohol in his system. In total, the chase went on for about an hour, the top speed was over 100 mph, and it went on for about 38 miles.



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According to Highway Patrol a Newport man high on bath salts led officials on a high speed chase through Carteret and Craven counties Saturday night. Officials say the man had his 10-year-old daughter in the car at the time.

Troopers say Carteret County deputies responded to a call of a disturbance at the home of 31-year-old Ryan Burbage around 8:45 p.m. The home is located at a mobile home park on Dutch Street in Newport off of Highway 24. Troopers say the man then ended up getting into a 1997 Jeep Cherokee with his 10-year-old daughter also inside. Officials tried to stop the man but were unable to.

Troopers say they then chased him through Havelock, James City, and Bridgeton. They say he went up to speeds of 100 miles per hour. They say he was running cars off the road and going through traffic lights. Troopers did put stop sticks out at one point and Burbage lost a tire, but kept on going.

Deputies blocked off major roads in the area and then forced Brubage onto Highway 17. They had stop sticks near the Craven and Pitt County line near Vanceboro. Troopers say Burbage then had engine failure, but he had to be tased in order for officers to arrest him.

Troopers say in total the chase went on for about an hour, the top speed was over 100 mph, and it went on for about 38 miles.

Burbage is now in the Craven County Jail under a $250,000 dollar bond. He is facing 12 charges including felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while impaired, and child endangerment.

Troopers say Burbage was high on bath salts at the time of the chase and also had alcohol in his system.

Troopers say luckily there was no damage or reports of injuries from the chase.


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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 11, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    Maaaan, this cocaine is fake bath salt. I'm not a part of ya system... i threw it on the grooouuuund >:0
  • by F on May 10, 2011 at 10:10 PM
    Eff the STATE and all their BS "making things illegal." Try putting up the alcohol and doing some research on other helpful drugs, like marijuana. I mean do we use OPIATES on which heroin is based on for medical purposes....uh yeh....get it right NC/US!!
  • by uh-YA on May 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM
    Hey TAYLOR. Do some research. Not saying the spice/fake weed is good, and yes I agree with the legalization of marijuana, but Bath Salts are not either one. They are similar to speed. The fake weed you referenced is a sedative. Bath salts are a upper, like cocaine and meth. Get it right if you are going to bash up here on people and their choices. PWNED
  • by taylor on May 10, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    maybe if they would legalize marijuana, people wouldn't smoke fake weed.
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 09:39 PM in reply to taylor
      Exactly. Keep the dangerous stuff illegal and make the natural plant that has never killed a single person legal to grow, sell, and buy. Stop wasting our tax dollars on enforcing the prohibition of marijuana already.
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 10:18 PM in reply to taylor
      too bad these so called "bath salts" aren't fake weed...
  • by Gville on May 10, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    What a dummy!
  • by B Location: Gville on May 10, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    from the looks of him, he should have used the bath salts for an actual bath!
  • by Haha on May 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Why doesn't this surprise me? He was a mess in high school and it appears nothing has changed.
  • by BSQueen on May 10, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    This MAN does not look like a kid. We should put the mug shot in all area tobacco shops right under the bath salt display. WINNING!! The reason this has not been removed it some NC politician probably owns some bath salt stock. Best believe someone is getting rich from it, and I'm sure some kick backs. I love shopping places that can't speak or understand my language but can count my money. Wake up America!!
  • by Disgusted Location: Greenville on May 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    So when is the DEA going to remove the bath salts from the tobacco shops shelves? They removed the K2 spice and other mess, they need to do the bath salts too.......Parents, be aware what your kids are getting into. The bath salt sales are sky rocketing and the tobacco shops keep opening and selling them and they are all owned by foreigners!
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to Disgusted
      The State of NC has enacted a bill to make bath salts and synthetic cannabonoids illegal. It will go into effect next month I believe and at that point possession, selling or buying bath salts (their like) and synthetic cannabonoids will be illegal.
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        by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to
        I surely hope you are right, because we just lost a dear friend here in Martin County most likely do to bath salt. It is dangerous and it is causing people to kill themselves or run from things that are not there. Please tell me this is true.
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