Seymour resident faces charge of possessing syringe

A Seymour man received three doses of naloxone from police early Saturday before waking up in an incident that eventually led to his arrest, police report.

David Allen Kriete, 45, was charged with possession of a syringe during his initial hearing Monday in Jackson Circuit Court.

Police initially had sought charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance after the incident that began at 1:25 a.m. when officers were sent to a motel on Commerce Drive, according to a news release from the Seymour Police Department.

The report of an unresponsive man came from a 911 call made by Kriete’s daughter, who was in the motel room along with two other people. Those people were not arrested.

The girl’s grandmother was called to the motel and took the girl to the grandmother’s home, police report. Kriete is the girl’s custodial parent, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Seymour Officer Ben Miller.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant said Tuesday afternoon the prosecutor’s office decided to file the most “appropriate” charge against Kriete.

Possession of a syringe is a Level 5 felony in this case because Kriete has a prior conviction on the same charge, Chalfant said. A Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction, while neglect of a dependent is a Level 6 felony punishable by six months to 2½ years in prison.

Miller, Cpl. Devin Cornwell and Officer Ryan Cherry responded to the initial report and found Kriete unresponsive and not breathing, police said.

After coming to the decision Kriete probably was suffering from an opiate overdose, Miller said he and Cornwell both administered doses of naloxone, and Cherry then administered a third dose after additional evaluation of Kriete’s vital signs.

After the third dose, Kriete started breathing and woke up, police said. He then was treated by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel before being taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for further evaluation.

Kriete was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:10 a.m. Saturday.