Published on September 16, 2016
On Wednesday, September 7th, around 3PM, Officer Kevin Thompson pulled over a dark Ford Explorer in West Virginia due to swerving.
As the vehicle approached a stopped school bus dispatching children, the vehicle came to a sudden stop, causing the wheels to screech.
Once the bus pulled away, the vehicle remained on the road before slowing pulling onto an adjacent street and coming to a stop.
Once the officer came up to the driver, he noticed his pupils were pin-point size , and his speech was slurred. The driver, James Accord, said that he was taking his passenger, Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital.
His head was bobbing forth. He began to fumble with the gear shift, so the officer reached into the car and removed the keys from the ignition. Thompson also noticed a 4 year old boy sitting in the back seat.
The driver went completely unconscious, while the passenger was passed out and turning blue. Thompson called an ambulance and did his best to keep the passenger’s airway open. Paramedics injected several rounds of Narcan, a drug commonly used to reduce the effects of opiate overdose. Both passengers eventually regained consciousness and were taken to East Liverpool City for evaluation.
A small yellow piece of paper containing a pink powdery substance was found between the legs of Rhonda. The contents were sent to a crime lab for analysis, and the vehicle was towed from the scene by First Class Towing.
Had police not intervened, both passengers would have most likely died, and the child could have been injured in case of a crash. The boy was later identified to being the grandson of Rhonda Pasek. She had been granted custody of her grandson just 6 weeks prior to her arrest. The boy will now live with his great-aunt and great-uncle in South Carolina.
Rhonda Pasek was sentenced to 180 days in jail, and the driver, James Accord, was sentenced to 360 days in jail, with a suspended driver’s license for 3 years, along with a $475 fine.
Pasek pleaded not guilty to endangering a child, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. She is being held on a $15,000 bond.
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