CONWAY — Talk about gratitude.
A woman who allegedly admitted to shooting up heroin while driving on I-5 became agitated with a Washington State Patrol trooper after she was given a medication to reverse what appeared to be an overdose.
“She informed me I ruined her high when I gave her the Narcan and that she was now withdrawing,” the trooper wrote in the arrest report. Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, and is given to people to reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioids.
The Seattle woman, 24, admitted that she had been faking that she was unconscious.
Her arrest occurred Tuesday evening after a traffic stop near the Snohomish-Skagit county line. The trooper estimated the gold sedan was traveling at 83 mph before it was pulled over.
When the trooper approached the car, she noticed white powder on the suspect’s leg. The trooper also observed multiple hypodermic needle caps in the suspect’s purse. The woman’s speech reportedly was slurred, her pupils were constricted and they had minimal reaction to the trooper’s flashlight.
After declining to perform a sobriety test, the woman allegedly told the trooper that she had been held hostage and she requested medical aid.
The trooper arrested the suspect for investigation of DUI and placed her in the back of the patrol car while awaiting medics to arrive. When she looked in the backseat, the suspect was slumped over. In an effort to revive her, she rubbed her sternum, pulled her from the back of the car and gave her the naloxone, but the suspect remained unresponsive.
Medics also worked on her, but she appeared to remain unresponsive, though she was breathing. They put her in their ambulance and drove her to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.
When the trooper arrived at the hospital, the suspect was conscious. She allegedly admitted to shooting up heroin while driving and acknowledged having given a phony name and faking being unconscious.
The trooper handcuffed the suspect to a gurney and left her for a few minutes.
The suspect slipped out of the handcuffs and was gone.
She was found a short time later at a grocery store and taken back into custody. She reportedly had taken off her skirt and put it over her head.
Troopers obtained a search warrant. Inside the car, they found $174, two scales, naloxone and what appeared to be heroin.
She was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of DUI, escape, driving with a suspended license, making a false statement to a public servant and possessing drugs.
Eric Stevick: firstname.lastname@example.org; 425-339-3446.