Police in East Liverpool, OH are warning drug users to think again before abusing drugs.
Police were responding to a call about an incapacitated driver. An officer witnessed a Ford Explorer driving erratically and slamming on the brakes as it approached a stopped school bus that was dropping kids off, the police report says.
When the officer approached the driver, James Acord, his head was bobbing and his speech was impaired.
He told police he was taking his passenger, Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital.
The officer reached in the vehicle to remove the keys as Acord tried to drive off, which is when he noticed there was a 4-year-old boy in the backseat. He was later identified as Pasek’s son.
Acord then also passed out.
Police suspected Pasek and Acord had overdosed on heroin, so EMS administered Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.
Once the two regained consciousness, they were taken to the hospital.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug. We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody,” the city of East Liverpool posted on Facebook.
Acord has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children and slowing or stopping in a roadway. Pasek was charged with endangering children, public intoxication and not wearing a seat belt.
The child is now in the custody of Columbiana County Children’s Services.
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