Police respond to overdose

Other drug arrests made after woman found in car

A Seymour woman found unresponsive in her car Monday led to police administering at least three doses of naloxone.

At 12:46 p.m., Crothersville Police Chief Brent Turner spotted a truck sitting on the side of County Road 400S, east of U.S. 31.

After he found the 21-year-old woman lying in the truck unresponsive, Turner requested medical assistance from Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, both stationed in Crothersville.

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“She was overdosing, we believe, from heroin,” Turner said.

Police scanner traffic indicated 6 milligrams, or three doses, of naloxone were administered to the woman before she was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. She was breathing and conscious as ambulance personnel took her to the hospital.

The overdose came on the heels of three arrests made Sunday by Crothersville Officer Matt Browning.

Rowdy D.W. Deaton, 27, of Crothersville, was charged with possession of a narcotic, dealing a narcotic, violation of the Legend Drug Act and theft of medication, while Joshua D. Gay, 32, of Scottsburg was arrested for driving with suspended with a prior offense.

Both were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond.

Turner assisted in making the arrests.

“After some complaints that were called in to the police department about drug activity occurring in certain areas, our officers have been watching these areas,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. “After many hours of watching day and night, we were able to catch the activity and make an arrest and get some heroin off our town streets.”

Also arrested Sunday was Brent J. Baker, 27, of Austin. He faces charges of dealing or possessing a lookalike substance and possession of a syringe.

Baker was booked into the Jackson County Jail without bond.

Turner also assisted with this arrest.

“This arrest occurred due to recent drug activity in an area that our officers have been watching due to the complaints of a lot of suspicious activity,” according to the department’s Facebook page.

Anyone wanting to report suspicious activity in Crothersville may call the tip line at 812-793-2196. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.