Deputies suffer accidental opioid exposure
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Two Hamilton County deputies are recovering from an accidental exposure to an opioid overnight.
Around 1:40 AM, they were searching a vehicle on Oaken Trail in East Brainerd.
The deputies were checking out a white F-150 at a home construction site off Jenkins road.
Sheriff’s officials say the occupants of the pickup were trying to steal construction materials at a home site off Jenkins road.
They believe the two occupants were trying to steal construction materials.
The driver fled on foot and had to be chased down.
A passenger was quickly arrested.
Officials say the vehicle was stolen and they found a small amount of meth.
Rico Weaver and Kimber Mawby were both arrested and charged with theft and possession.
But after the arrest, two deputies began experiencing symptoms from opioid exposure.
One deputy was treated with Narcan at the jail.
Both were taken to the hospital, but eventually were released.
Chief Deputy Austin Garrett says “This life-threatening incident highlights the constant dangers that our deputies are subjected to on a daily basis. As Chief Deputy, there is nothing more difficult than receiving a phone call advising that one of my deputies has been injured or in this case, subjected to an overdose, while simply performing their duties and trying to keep our community safe.”
“We are extremely fortunate this situation did not turn deadly and our deputies are recovering.”