TV presenter Ben Fogle claims drink was spiked with drug

20/02/13

Ben Fogle

Television presenter Ben Fogle has spoken of his anger after someone spiked his drink in a pub with an unknown drug.

He says it happened last Friday while he and his family were seeing friends.

Whoever spiked my drink with mind altering drugs and put me in A&E with a psychotic fit. Did you think of the damage you would cause?
Ben Fogle

The adventurer says he was putting his children to bed after drinking at a pub in Gloucestershire when he "flipped".

He tweeted: "Whoever spiked my drink with mind altering drugs and put me in A&E with a psychotic fit. Did you think of the damage you would cause?"

Ben Fogle, 39, says he tried to jump out of a window and had to be restrained by his wife.

"I was ranting, marching up and down, hitting walls, trying to jump out of windows," he added.

'Out of body experience'

The Countryfile presenter first became famous on the BBC reality show Castaway in 2000.

He has since travelled to many countries presenting programmes including a documentary on Princes William and Harry on their first joint royal tour in Africa in 2010.

Ben Fogle
Image caption Ben Fogle filmed On Thin Ice in 2009 for the BBC

He says he has never taken recreational drugs and felt like he was having an "out of body experience".

Ben Fogle's wife Marina and the couple's friends say they managed to lock him in a room while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

He was then taken to hospital, sedated and kept in overnight.

The presenter has described how he spent days afterwards worrying that he was "going crazy".

He says test results have since come back showing that there was no neurological cause and that doctors believe the incident was due to LSD or a similar drug.

Ben Fogle and James Cracknell
Image caption Ben Fogle and James Cracknell took part in the pairs Atlantic Rowing Race 2006

The dad of two has completed many sporting challenges including the Atlantic Rowing Race in 2006.

He had to delay a five-week trip to the Middle East to film his latest BBC show because of what happened.

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed a report of a drink being spiked in Stow on the Wold on Friday 15 February.

In a statement they said they "have attempted to contact the man to gather further details".

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