Police Incident Reports A Selection of Noteworthy Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2018-292531

Incident Type

Drug Investigation

Incident Date

07/31/2018 - 11:20 PM


E. Washington Ave. (at S. Ingersoll St.)


He had just finished working a Madison Mallards game. It was a special duty shift, and the veteran officer was on his way back downtown via East Washington Ave. As he hit the intersection with S. Ingersoll St. he noticed a car that was stopped, partially in a traffic lane with no lights on. Knowing this was a safety hazard, the officer stopped behind the car and activated his squad lights. As he did, he saw the driver trying to pull an unconscious man from the passenger seat. The officer went to assist, and determined the passenger was not breathing. He radioed for backup as the driver pulled his companion farther from the busy roadway.
The driver – who evidently did not want contact with police – then took off on foot. The officer advised those coming to back him up to stop the fleeing man. As a first responder his first priority was to provide lifesaving measures. The patient's face was blue. He had no pulse. He was not breathing, and he showed all the signs of a heroin overdose. The officer administered naloxone and immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CCR) efforts.
A sergeant and other officers were soon on scene. The sergeant took over CCR, and then traded off with a second officer as both did all they could to restore breathing. "Based on his appearance, and my experience with drug overdoses, I was not sure if this subject would survive or even be transported once paramedics arrived," the sergeant later recounted in his report.
With more officers arriving, came more doses of naloxone. Four would be given by the MPD. "That is the most I have seen in my career administered on a single subject by police," wrote the sergeant.
Madison Fire Department paramedics arrived and took over , and eventually the man regained consciousness. He was transported to a hospital, and will be tentatively charged with possession of heroin. The driver was processed for his first offense of driving under the influence and for delivery of heroin as he allegedly procured the drug.
As for the MPD officers who saved another life - in the throes of this tragic epidemic - they will be nominated for departmental awards.

Released 08/01/2018 at 10:07 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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