WSP officer rushed to hospital for possible fentanyl exposure

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol commercial motor vehicle officer was rushed to Trios for possible fentanyl exposure after finding a woman passed out at the wheel on Tuesday, according to Trooper Chris Thorson.

The officer was on patrol around 7 p.m. when he spotted a Volkswagen Passat that appeared disabled on the side of the road near 27th Avenue and Highway 395. When he walked up to the car, he found a woman passed out with tin foil beside her.

A commercial vehicle officer’s job is to enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles and perform inspections of various big rigs. Suspecting drug activity, the officer called in a trooper to investigate.

The officer was able to get the woman to wake up and had her roll down the window. When she did so, his heart rate and blood pressure spiked.

“His health started going downhill real fast,” Thorson said. “He felt horrible, looked horrible and his vitals were way off the charts.”

The officer was conscious and alert when he was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. His condition is unknown at this time.

The woman’s car was seized pending a search warrant because drugs are suspected to be involved. She was not arrested in connection with the incident. However, could face charges if drugs are found in the car.

The exact cause of the officer’s reaction has yet to be confirmed. The investigation is ongoing.