(PHOENIX) — An Arizona man who allegedly went on a naked carjacking spree that left seven people injured and caused several crashes has worked as a real estate executive and was once a high school English teacher.
John Brigham, 45, was ordered held on $100,000 bond Friday for the bizarre scene he allegedly caused last Friday. Toxicology reports indicated Brigham had PCP in his system at the time, police said.
Brigham, who has a degree from Norwich University in English and education, according to his LinkedIn page, worked as a high school English teacher at Chandler High School in Arizona from 1995 until 2003.
“He was a stellar teacher,” Terry Locke, director of community relations for the Chandler Unified School District, told ABC News. “He left to pursue opportunities in the private sector making a lot more money. The school was sad to see him leave.”
Brigham currently works as a senior vice president at a commercial property management and brokerage firm in Arizona, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, police said Brigham was involved into a three-car crash. After Brigham got out of his car, witnesses said his behavior was bizarre.
He took off all of his clothes with the exception of his socks and was “yelling and chanting,” witnesses told police. Brigham jumped onto the roof of another car before carjacking a woman in a blue Prius, leaving the scene of the first accident.
A short time later, investigators said, Brigham allegedly caused a second crash involving five cars.
The wife of a man involved in the crash said Brigham was undeterred and tried to carjack other vehicles, even though he had been ejected from the Prius at impact.
“He got out naked, running all over the place trying to get into other people’s cars,” the unidentified woman told ABC News’ Phoenix affiliate. “When he called and said he was hit by a naked man in a Prius, I thought it had to be a joke.”
Four people were injured in the second crash, including a pregnant woman who broke both her legs, police said.
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