The East Liverpool, Ohio Police Department shared two photos of a couple found in a car after both overdosed on heroin. The police released the photo in order to highlight the growing heroin addiction epidemic in Ohio.
In the picture, the couple’s 4-year-old son can be seen in the car with them as they are both unconscious due to overdosing.
The photos were shared on the City of East Liverpool’s Facebook page. In a statement, the city noted:
We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis. The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.
In pictures of the police report found below, the parents are identified as 50-year-old Rhonda L. Pasek and 47-year-old James Lee Accord.
The arresting officer wrote that they were found on Wednesday, September 7 in a dark Ford Explorer with West Virginia license plates. The officer pulled the couple over once he saw the driver “driving very erratic, weaving back and forth in the lane while driving on the yellow center and back to the right edge of the roadway.”
The officer spoke with the driver, who said he was taking Pasek to the hospital. He then tried to drive away and the officer reached into the car and turned it off.
A moment later, Acord became unconscious while Pasek was already unconscious and “turning blue.” The officer then called an ambulance, and Pasek and Acord were both taken to East Liverpool City Hospital. At the scene where the pictures were taken, the paramedic administered an opiate reversal drug called “Narcan.”
The child was taken to the police station after Columbiana County Children’s Protective Services was called.
Reports show Pasek was charged with endangering a child, not wearing a seatbelt and public intoxication, while Accord was charged with endangering a child and slowing/stopping in a roadway.
WTOV reported that a neighbor is now taking care of the child. Acord pleaded no contested to the charges and was sentenced to 360 days in jail. His license was also suspended for three years and he has to pay a $475 fine.
Pasek pleaded not guilty and her bond was set for $150,000.
Pictures of the police report can be seen below:
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