Joseph Conway's bad trip: He allegedly freaks out on LSD, gets pepper-sprayed on highway

Everything old is new again -- like, for example, LSD. Yesteryear's favorite hallucinogen is making a comeback with the dance-all-night generation. But the substance doesn't always produce pretty lights and a generalized sense of euphoria, as Joseph Conway discovered this week.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Conway, 21, had been in the company of his girlfriend and roommates when some acid he admitted consuming caused him to go wiggy. After declaring that he wanted to die, he took steps toward making that happen by running from his house onto nearly U.S. 36.

Luckily, it was late: The Boulder Police got its first report at 1:22 a.m.

A short time earlier, Conway had allegedly laid down in a traffic lane. The first driver to come along -- a security guard -- was alert enough to see something in the roadway even at that hour. He braked to a stop to avoid turning the man into roadkill, then rushed over to make sure he was all right.

Not really. The cops say Conway became so combative that the security guard was forced to whip out one of the tools of his trade: pepper spray. But that didn't calm him down. Indeed, the police say he continued to be "uncooperative" upon officers' arrival, resulting in his arrest on a charge of obstructing police officers, plus Pedestrian Walking on Highways, which doesn't quite capture what happened but is at least in the ballpark.

Afterward, Conway was taken to a hospital -- and according to the Camera, he couldn't remember most of what happened.

Just as well. Look below to see a larger version of Conway's mug shot:

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