CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A pair of Guernsey County Sheriff's Deputies may have saved the lives of three young men, who indiscriminately took a variety of prescription pills, reportedly taken from a relative.
According to reports from Sheriff's Detectives, Deputies Matt Terrell and Tim Simon responded to a location in Cambridge Township around 4 a.m. last Friday (May 16) in reference to calls regarding a vehicle sitting in the middle of the roadway. The Deputies approached the car and found the three occupants passed out in the vehicle. Further investigation reportedly uncovered that one of the subjects had half-a-dozen prescription pill bottles on his person, along with a small amount of marijuana. Some of the pills were for blood pressure and heart medication. Deputies said that three individuals, a 19-year-old adult male, an 18-year-old adult male and a 16-year-old juvenile male, all appeared to be "very impaired" and were lapsing in and out of consciousness while being questioned. The trio was quickly taken to Southeastern Med for treatment; the juvenile male was later transported to Columbus Children's Hospital. Doctors told the Deputies they most likely saved the lives of all three of the subjects.
Officers returned to the scene and allegedly found a credit card in the car, reported as stolen by an Illinois woman, who was staying at a local hotel. The complainant also reported that an electronic device and several thousand dollars worth of jewelry were taken from her vehicle. Some of that property has been recovered. Charges are pending against the 19-year-old male for the theft.
Guernsey County Sheriffs Captain Jeff Paden is asking residents to use this incident as a reminder to keep their medications out of the sight of others and in a secure location.