published Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Chattanooga: Mushroom-induced ‘Matrix’ trip leads to jail

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    Neesha Cari Clark, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
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It’s not every day a woman claims to be the lead character in a science fiction movie and says her father is death.

That’s what 32-year-old Neesha Cari Clark, of Ringgold, Ga., told a Chattanooga Police Department officer Monday, according to an arrest report.

Police said Clark insisted she was the character Trinity from “The Matrix,” a 1999 movie starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in which the nature of reality is questioned. Clark also said her father was the Grim Reaper.

Clark was sitting behind the wheel of an unidentified man’s car in a parking lot at the Sheraton Read House, 827 Broad St., when police found her, according to the arrest report.

Officers discovered a bag of psilocybin mushrooms, some of which Clark had consumed, the report stated.

“There was nothing wrong with them, because they were from the Earth,” she told police.

Officers said they repeatedly ordered the woman to exit the vehicle.

Clark told one officer he was her 10-year-old son, and that he swam with dolphins and carried pockets full of clay, police said.

Once Clark was taken into custody, she was taken to Erlanger hospital for examination, then booked into the Hamilton County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. She posted bond, jail records show.

Her next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. on July 18.

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hcirehttae said...

Remember what the Dormouse said...

June 29, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

In other news, the perpetrators of several recent Chattanooga shootings are still at large. But at least the police removed the massive threat of a shroom-tripping woman from the streets. Don't you feel safer already?

June 29, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
kiddzepp said...

The author of this story should have done a bit more research and not gone for the "oh, this is funny" angle. Neesha has been diagnosed bipolar for 3 years, she refuses to take medication and most importantly she was in an (at least) 3-day full-blown manic episode (hypomania) at the time of the arrest. Surprisingly, she was picked up by Collegedale police THE DAY BEFORE, taken to a mental health facility for evaluation AND THEY RELEASED HER. A complete stranger with no medical or mental health experience whatsoever could have determined in less than a minute that she needed help. If the "professionals" involved had done their jobs she would not have been anywhere near Starbucks on Monday. We have been informed by witnesses that she was spending a great deal of time there in the days leading up to this, so my thanks also go to the employees and patrons who saw the girl that was obviously in trouble and did nothing. Oh yeah, and she DID NOT post bond. She does not belong in Silverdale, she needs to be somewhere that she can get help for her condition. All of the above facts are true, I should know, she's my daughter.

June 29, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.
codymaxwell said...

I agree with the above. Some of these writers like to embellish and spin stories like this with complete disregard to what might be the real truth and the consequences family members might suffer. Remember the story about the woman who committed suicide last year, which began: "It was the buzzards that found her" or something like that--sickening. So much for fair and impartial--some of these are stories are indecent.

June 29, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
brokentoe said...

kiddzepp, instead of complaining you should feel thankful she wasn't shot 7 or 8 times.

If I recall correctly, I remember posters on tfp discussion board making crude and insensitive remarks about the woman shot 7 or 8 times(mostly in the vaginal area)in front of her children by a Bradley Cty deputy. She was also said to have been in a delusional psychotic state (some call rapture).

June 29, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
zjcavan said...

Thanks for the vaginal area update brokentoe. I'm not sure how that's relevent.

Kiddzepp, your daughter was on mushrooms. She wasn't bipolar then. She wasn't in hypomania. She was tripping on mushrooms. She was caught with mushrooms. Possession is 9/10th of the law and your daughter was in possession of some crazy drug mushrooms and she was high on them. End of story.

June 29, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
codymaxwell said...

but, zjcavan, is this really news and worthy of space in the newspaper? how many people are caught with drugs everyday--check the city court dockets. this story served no other purpose than to make fun of this woman and consequentially humiliate her family. the point is that this is more worthy of a mention in a jay leno skit than in a supposedly respectable newspaper. it's trash, not news

June 29, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
mrsjintanz said...

@kiddzepp - I am so sorry about your daughter. There is a great lack of understanding about mental disorders. You are right. She should never have been released from the hospital. I hope that she gets the help she needs. I will be praying for her and your family.

June 29, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
kiddzepp said...

zjcaven, do "your" research. Bipolar disorder and hypomania cause the person suffering from it to say things that make no sense. What she allegedly said to the officer at the scene was mild compared to the things coming out of her mouth in the days prior to the alleged mushrooms. If anything, if it comes to light that she did actually injest said mushrooms, they probably mellowed her out. Your comments are offensive and uninformed. If possession is 9/10 of the law in my opinion you being in possession of a brain is questionable.

June 29, 2011 at noon
kiddzepp said...

jack, nice, another offensive comment. My daughter is a 32 year old adult and we ARE involved in her life although we have lived 800 miles away for the past 2 years. We just got back to Chattanooga, it seems we were lead back here to deal with this (and to answer stupid questions from stupid people). codymaxwell, well said, thank you. mrsjintanz, thank you so much, my wife and I appreciate comments like yours and people like you. Prayers will help us deal with this.

June 29, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
xsiveporsche said...

It is so sad when people comment without knowing all the facts. Kiddzepp, I am sorry for all you are going thru with her and this. When Bi-polar does not take meds they can go balistic for no reason. Things like shrooms do mellow them out. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

June 29, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
kiddzepp said...

jack, ah yes, Charon, the boatmaster of Hades who carries the souls of the dead across the river Styx. Pardon my French, but what the hell does that have with my bipolar daughter (other than the alleged mushrooms)?. She is not dead so your point is moot (which means "of little or no practical value" by the way). I was responding to the "where have you been" part anyway. Your attempt at a pithy comment has been weighed and found wanting.

And as for dealing with your daughters IF this were the case for you, well, number one, it's obviously NOT a problem you're dealing with (hence the lack of compassion) and number two, I guess if you are able to devote 24/7 to ANYTHING you must have nothing else going on. Makes you a better man than me, I suppose.

June 29, 2011 at 4 p.m.
kiddzepp said...

xsiveporsche, to you also, our heartfelt thanks for you comments, and you're right, it is SO SAD when uninformed, bored, "maybe I can make someone else miserable" type people decide it's their right to stick thier noses in where it doesn't belong. Your prayers for us are greatly appreciated.

jack, this is the last I will respond to you, your continued inane comments (meaning "silly, stupid or insignificant", by the way) speak for themselves and deserve no further "comment" from me. You obviously have no clue.

June 29, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

I think that a lot of the stories they post on here are to stir crap up. Now this is an actual newspaper making fun of the girl. People with mental illnesses have a hell of a hard life. They deserve compassion and understanding.

June 29, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
kiddzepp said...

johnnyhurst, you are correct sir, the author of this article and the editor of the newspaper thought it would be funny to "pick on the woman tripping on 'shrooms". It makes me sick, and not just because I'm related to her. Media needs to have some accountability and maybe just an ounce of humanity. Any news media outlet whose only purpose is to entertain takes themselves out of respectability and into the realm of "trash media" and reality TV. We all might as well subscribe to the National Equirer and call it "news". Thank you for YOUR compassion and understanding.

June 29, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
biofish said...

SO let me get this straight. The girl was caught with drugs after causing a disorder in a stranger's car, and becuase a parent who is 800 miles away (and aparently no involvment with their daughter) says she has a disorder; the police therefore are evil, the hospital is incompetent, and the newspaper is insensitive. Please people. She didn't get hurt, she was checked out, and she is now paying for the crime that was committed, there was no psychologist involved. Let the court assign one and figure the cause of the problem out. Don't just blame everyone there who helped her and had absolutley no idea about her medical history. If there is a root problem, it will be figured out. Calm down. She is safe, alive, and unharmed.

June 29, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
Johnnie5000 said...

"Officers discovered a bag of psilocybin mushrooms, some of which Clark had consumed, the report stated"

Ok kidzepp, I hear your "She's bipolar and off her meds" argument. I get that. I've also done mushrooms before. She was tripping her ass off downtown probably looking at all the lights. I don't give a damn how bipolar she is, you don't start jabbering off like that to cops unless you have a head full of potent hallucenagens. Get over the fact that she's isn't a perfect little snowflake. She got popped with possession while tripping balls. Like others have said, be glad she didn't get shot by the cops.

June 29, 2011 at 9:08 p.m.
noapathy said...

I agree with biofish, the voice of reason. All the paper did was report what happened, no one was making fun of her in the article. These were actual facts from the scene and quotes from her, not speculation. And...if your daugther is this bipolar with several children of her own, you never move 800 miles away. That speaks volumes. No one was hurt and it will all pan out, if she is bipolar this type of behavior will be happening for the rest of her life and she needs all the support she can get from her family.

July 1, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.
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