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'Naked carjacker' has history of brushes with cops

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

It's one of the strangest stories we've seen in a while -- a naked carjacker who crashed into several vehicles in Scottsdale last week.

He apparently has a history of running into police while he's nude.

Just 6 months ago John Brigham was arrested for breaking into his uncle's house, wearing just a towel at the time. Police describe his behavior as extremely bizarre. We've also learned he was once a teacher and a wrestling coach.

What he did Friday caused a flurry of 911 calls.

Operator: "Hi this is Scottsdale police you called 911?"

911 Caller: "Yeah oh my god you got to get the cops out here, get an ambulance I'm on the corner of Hayden and Via de Ventura and this guys like nuts!"

"This guy's running around on the streets naked!"

Operator: "911 emergency."

911 Caller: "Oh my god he's naked crawling on top of his car oh my gosh."

Operator: "Some guy's running around naked?"

911 Caller: "He's naked yeah running."

John Brigham is the man that caused all the commotion Friday.

Police say he crashed into several cars, injured several people, and also carjacked a woman in a Toyota Prius.

Witnesses say he appeared to be on drugs.

Back in November, Brigham was arrested for trashing his uncle's Scottsdale home.

According to the police report, Brigham was wearing just a "headband" and a "towel", "held up by a large document clip."

When police arrived he was dancing to blaring music and reportedly asked officers: "so guys when are we going to party?"

He later admitted to snorting meth, and smoking marijuana.

The former chandler teacher, who had previously worked as an instructor and wresting coach in the Florence school district, was booked on charges of criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Even behind bars, police say he continued to cause problems. He was transferred from one cell to another because of his "disruptive behavior."

Officers also noticed he had "removed all of his clothing."

Charges are pending against Brigham in this latest case. Brigham remains in the hospital.

Police are waiting for toxicology reports to come back to find out exactly what drugs may have been in his system.

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