LAKE PLACID - A teenager who was reportedly under the influence of an unknown substance caused a scare at the Price Chopper plaza early Friday evening.
Ray Brook-based state police charged a 17-year-old male from Lake Placid with resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, as well as two counts of disorderly conduct: one for exhibiting violent behavior, and another for publicly appearing under the influence of narcotics or drugs.
State police responded to a disturbance in the Price Chopper parking lot at about 5:17 p.m. Friday. Police said the teenager was seen running through the parking lot from the area of NBT Bank toward state Route 86. He wasn't wearing a shirt or shoes, and he was yelling "Where is Z? Where is Z?" police said.
Police said the teen then ran into a woman, grabbed her arm, and asked her, "Where is Z?" Several people ran to her aid, and police said the teen became scared and held onto the woman, using her as a shield. Police said an unknown male punched the teen in the face, separating him from the woman. Several bystanders reportedly held him on the ground until police arrived.
The teen was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid, where he was sedated and evaluated. He was later transferred to AMC in Saranac Lake, where he was held overnight.
Police said they're not sure what substance the teenager was under the influence of. The woman was not injured during the disturbance, police said.
The teen was processed at the state police barracks in Ray Brook and released to appear in North Elba town court at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.