- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MILTON, Vt. (AP) - Police say a Vermont man is facing charges of attempted murder of his girlfriend after initially reporting a bear attack that never happened in a drug fueled incident.

Police say 28-year-old Lucas Gingras will also be charged Wednesday with arson, reckless endangerment and domestic assault.

Authorities say Gingras told them on June 18 that a bear had attacked him and 44-year-old Ladonna Merriman at the camp and a camp stove got knocked over and set the cabin on fire.

Police said Tuesday that Gingras had ingested Molly, a form of Ecstasy, and spiked Merriman’s drink with the drug without her knowing.

Police say Gingras said he heard something trying to get into the cabin and set it on fire. The couple fled and Gingras told Merriman to jump off a cliff. She fell 70 feet through trees and remains hospitalized.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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