Charges filed following overdose

Woman found unresponsive in McDonald’s restroom

By Ryan Carter -

A reported heroin overdose inside of a McDonald’s restroom on Saturday resulted in criminal charges being filed against two individuals.

A little after 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Washington C.H. Police Department and Fayette County EMS were dispatched to the McDonald’s restaurant located at 280 S. Elm St. in Washington C.H. on a report of an unresponsive female in the restroom from “heroin-related usage,” reports said.

A woman identified as Patricia A. Howard, 28, was found by officers in the women’s restroom. According to police, a man identified as Dashon J. Harris, 28, of 1230 E. Temple St., had thrown water in Howard’s face in an attempt to wake her up.

“I then ordered Harris to let medical personnel take care of her and to get out of the way,” the police officer’s report said. “Harris was trying to carry clothing out of the stall. I stopped him and told him to leave anything that was in the stall there and to exit the restroom. Harris did so.”

Personnel from Fayette County EMS administered Narcan, an overdose-reversing drug, on Howard. The life-saving measures were successful as Howard was revived.

An officer observed an uncapped needle on the floor along with black shoe laces, reports said. Howard’s purse was hanging on the stall door and there was a metal spoon with burn marks on the bottom.

There was a discussion between two officers as to whether Harris had been checked to see if he may have walked out of the restroom with evidence from the alleged heroin usage, according to reports. “Harris heard my question and then produced a needle and crack pipe from his left front pocket and a spoon with burn marks from his rear right pocket,” the police officer’s report said. “Harris stated the items were not his. He stated that they were scattered across the restroom floor and he picked them up.”

Harris said the items belonged to Howard and that he was planning on giving them to police. Police said that Harris was in contact with officers for several minutes and never voluntarily produced the items until he heard an officer ask about drug items. He reportedly admitted to picking up the items from the restroom and placing them in his pockets.

Harris was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

Howard was taken to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital emergency room for further treatment and was later served a summons to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia, drug abuse items, and possession of a Schedule 4 drug.
Woman found unresponsive in McDonald’s restroom

By Ryan Carter

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352 or on Twitter @rywica.

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