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ISP: Trooper saves woman's life then arrests her on drug charges

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An Indiana State Police trooper saved a woman’s life on Saturday, then arrested her on drug charges, the ISP said.

According to police, at 4:05 p.m. Trooper Regen Smith was dispatched to a possible accident in the westbound lanes of I-80/94 near Indianapolis Blvd. On arrival, Smith observed a Volkswagen Beetle on the left shoulder up against the concrete median wall, whose sole occupant, a female, appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s seat, police said.

Smith knocked repeatedly on the window to no avail, then broke the passenger’s side window, at which time Smith discovered that the woman wasn’t breathing, police said. Smith immediately began life-saving measures, which were continued when Hammond Fire and EMS arrived at the scene, police said.

The woman, identified as Kelley Cooper, 31, of Merrillville, subsequently regained consciousness and was transported to Munster Community Hospital, police said.

Meanwhile, Smith found two baggies of suspected heroin in Cooper’s wallet while searching for her identification, police said. Cooper was also found to be wearing a home detention monitor “due to her probation status,” police said.

On being released from hospital, Cooper was transported to Lake County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a narcotic drug, police said.


Posted 7/29/2019





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