Suspected overdose leads to runaway vehicle

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/23/17

SUMITON — Charges are pending against two people who reportedly passed out while their car was in motion in a Walmart parking lot Wednesday night, Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnett confirmed Friday.

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Suspected overdose leads to runaway vehicle

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SUMITON — Charges are pending against two people who reportedly passed out while their car was in motion in a Walmart parking lot Wednesday night, Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnett confirmed Friday.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. in front of the store’s Garden Center. A patrol officer with the Sumiton Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle traveling backwards in circles, according to Burnett.

The vehicle was in motion for several minutes and bumped into the patrol car as it made one final turn backwards before coming to a stop.

“There were two people, a male and a female, inside a vehicle. It appeared they had passed out from a possible overdose,” Burnett said. “From what I understand, the male had to be transported to Walker Baptist Medical Center, but the female was taken into custody at the scene.”

Burnett said a surveillance video shows that several people attempted to stop the vehicle before the officer arrived on scene, which is very dangerous. A cell phone video captured by a bystander and posted on Facebook shows at least three people attempting to intervene.

“We’re just thankful no one got hurt while trying stop this runaway vehicle,” Burnett said. “And as far as I’m aware, the vehicle never hit anything else other than our patrol car.”

The patrol car appeared to not have been damaged during the incident, according to Burnett.

“I’m not sure who was driving the vehicle at the time,” Burnett said. “But we are pursuing charges against both the male and female.”

The Sumiton Police Department is not releasing the names of the individuals until charges are filed.