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Police officer accidentally overdoses during traffic stop

Justin Buckle
Cortez Collins

"He's an ex-MMA fighter, 220 pounds, solid muscle and it overtook him", said Wright.

An Ohio police department found out this weekend that it's a scary situation when a brother in blue accidentally overdoses on the scene.

A police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio is recovering after authorities said he accidentally touched and overdosed on fentanyl seized during an arrest.

East Liverpool Patrolman Chris Green responded to Lisbon Street just before 9pm on Friday after getting a call about a vehicle that was believed to have been involved in drug dealing activity.

"Just out of instinct, he tried to brush is off - not thinking", Wright said.

Both of the men Green pulled over were arrested and arraigned Monday morning.

When the suspects were pulled over police say they hurried to destroy the drug evidence by smashing the suspected deadly drugs into the carpet of the auto.

Later at the police station, Green wiped off the powder and immediately got sick to the point where paramedics, who already were at the jail treating an inmate for asthma, had to administer the Narcan, Lane said.

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A police officer almost died during a traffic stop after coming in contact with fentanyl.

Initially, Green and the other officers suspected the substance was crack cocaine.

It took four rounds of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to revive him.

"I approached from the passenger side of the vehicle in time to see [one of the suspects] using his foot to rub an unknown substance into the carpeting on the floor of the vehicle", the report states. He received three more doses of Narcan at the hospital, according to WKBN. The drug's high potency makes it especially risky, with a high risk for overdose, particularly if a user is unaware the drug they are taking has been mixed with fentanyl. "It could kill multiple people if it's in the air", said Chief Lane. Carfentanil is one thousand times stronger. "We have masks so we don't inhale anything, we have safety googles so it doesn't absorb through our eyes".

"They called an ambulance for him and the ambulance responded for him", Wright said.

"We changed our procedures to where we used to field test drugs", Wright added.

"If you really think about this, these drugs could be used as a weapon of mass destruction".

"He said, 'I don't feel good, ' and passed out", Lane said.