CAYUGA, Ind. — A quick response and a team effort saved the life of a man about 9:45 p.m. and landed three individuals in the Vermillion County Jail.
Cayuga Marshal Keith Warner was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle driving recklessly into the parking lot of the McClure's Gas station, according to police. As the vehicle entered the parking lot, the driver threw out a large plastic cup. Warner activated his red and blue lights and stopped the vehicle.
The backseat passenger — later identified as April Brian, 35, of Terre Haute, Ind. — ran into the gas station, disregarding commands to stop. As Warner approached the vehicle, the driver, Heather L. Brian, 32, of Terre Haute, was screaming that the front seat passenger had stopped breathing.
Warner checked on the passenger, Benjamin Eason, 29, of Terre Haute, who was not breathing. Warner pulled Benjamin from the vehicle and began rendering CPR, according to police.
Vermillion County Sheriff's Deputy Troy Vaughn arrived and administered two rounds of nasal Narcan while Warner continued CPR and applied the AED. Benjamin, after a second round of nasal Narcan, regained consciousness, but was still unstable. Illiana EMS arrived and administered an intravenous dose of Narcan and Benjamin became alert, but disoriented. Benjamin was transported to Union Hospital of Terre Haute for medical treatment.
During the investigation, police found several syringes, spoons and a small quantity of heroin inside the vehicle. It was also discovered the three had traveled to Danville, Ill., and purchased the heroin, police said. Heather Brian, the driver, consented to a chemical test, which detected the presence of opiates.
Heather Brian was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated — controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe.
April Brian was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Benjamin Eason, after being medically cleared, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Heather Brian, April Brian and Benjamin were booked into the Vermillion County Jail. Heather Brian has a bond of $10,000.00 with 10 percent allowed. April Brian bonded out on $7,000 with 10 percent allowed. Benjamin remained in the Vermillion County Jail Saturday on bond of $10,000.00 with 10 percent allowed.
Other officers assisting included Deputy Marshal Roger Lewis, Vermillion County Sheriff's Deputy Deputy Chad Hennis, and Reserve Deputy Larry Davis, along with Cayuga Fire and Rescue and Illiana EMS.