NICEVILLE — A Niceville Police Department officer accidentally injected himself with heroin while searching a woman’s car for suspected narcotics.
According to an NPD police report, at around midnight Nov. 23 an officer spotted a car parked in a church parking lot after the same car was observed leaving a known drug house.
When an officer approached the vehicle, the driver, a 25-year-old woman, immediately stepped out. The officer asked her what she was doing in the parking lot, since it was late at night and the church was closed, and she said she was “making a phone call.” The officer then asked the woman for identification, and while the she was handing him her driver’s license he noticed she was attempting to conceal a green bottle cap in her hand.
Another officer than arrived on scene to assist. The second officer observed a cap to a syringe in the driver’s door panel. The woman was asked for consent to search the vehicle, which she denied.
Another officer then arrived with a K9 unit. The dog performed a free-air sniff of the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the car.
The officers then began searching the woman’s car. While one of the officers was searching through a navy blue purse, he was stuck in the finger with a “loaded syringe” that field-tested positive for heroin. The officer immediately responded to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The other officers continued searching the vehicle and found more syringes, both empty and loaded with heroin, as well as jeweler’s bags containing powdered fentanyl, Xanax pills, 10 unmarked tan capsules with an unknown white powder in them, spoons and an electronic scale.
After being detained, the woman told police she had parked in the church parking lot because she “was going to use what was left on her spoon.” She also admitted to not having a prescription for the Xanax pills.
The woman was charged with culpable negligence, possession of controlled substance without prescription, and possession of drug equipment.