CPD saves woman from overdosing near her children

A Columbus woman was arrested after allegedly overdosing on heroin inside of a vehicle while her children were in the backseat.

Columbus Police Department (CPD) Spokesman Officer Justin Black says that at approximately 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, CPD officers

Christina L. Wilson; Photo courtesy of CPD
Christina L. Wilson; Photo courtesy of CPD

responded to the driveway of a home in the 900 Block of McClure Road, after receiving a report of woman who was not breathing. After arriving on scene, Officer Chris Strickland and Officer Tony Kummer reported seeing the woman, 25-year-old Christina L. Wilson, slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle while her three young children were in the back seat. After the officers were unable to stir Wilson, they determined that she was likely overdosing on heroin.

Black says that Officer Matt Martindale then administered Narcan. After a few minutes, officers report that Wilson woke up and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital (CRH). Wilson’s three children, who were in the vehicle and under the age of five, were placed in the care of a relative. Black says that the Department of Child Services is now involved.

Once Wilson was released from the hospital, police say that she was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on three preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent.

Black noted that the Wilson incident was the second time in a 24-hour period that CPD officers utilized Narcan to revive an individual. He says that on Monday, at 8:15 p.m., Officer Andrew Plank responded to the 3100 Block of North National Road after receiving a report of an unresponsive female. Officer Plank arrived and suspected that heroin use was a factor and administered Narcan to the 39-year-old woman. A short time later she regained consciousness and was transported to CRH.