Naked man carjacks Prius

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE -- A nearly full term pregnant woman is in critical condition after a bizarre chain of events led to two car accidents in Scottsdale.

It started at Via de Ventura and Hayden where three cars were involved in a wreck. Witnesses say a man police identified as 45-year-old John Brigham got out of one of the cars and began to take his clothes off.

"We saw some guy walking, actually he was running around 100-percent naked," said Chris Benson, a witness.

Police and witnesses said Brigham’s behavior was erratic.

“He started talking all this nonsense, like him being the son of Satan,” said Benson.

Benson says Brigham jumped on the roof of a car, and  approached the driver of another car.

“He carjacked a Prius. He pulled the female driver out of the car,” said Sgt. Mark Clarke of the Scottsdale Police Department.

Police said Brigham ended up driving the Prius the wrong way on Shea, rolled the car, and caused a 5-car wreck.  Several people were injured. Two people suffered life threatening injuries, including the pregnant woman.

Brigham was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Scottsdale police said he faces a number of charges including robbery, carjacking, leaving the scene, and felony hit-and-run. 

Police suspect drugs or mental illness may be a factor in Brigham’s behavior.

Witnesses said this is a scene they’d like to forget.

“It was kind of just one of those really creepy things you never want to see in your entire life,” said Benson.