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Lake County woman passed out in vehicle faces drug charges, Portage police say
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Lake County woman passed out in vehicle faces drug charges, Portage police say

Heather Burkhardt

Heather Burkhardt

PORTAGE — A 37-year-old Cedar Lake woman faces numerous drug charges after being found passed out in a vehicle and then fighting with a woman who checked to make sure she was alright, police said.

Heather Burkhardt faces three counts of possession of a legend drug, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of a narcotic drug, all felonies, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, Portage police said.

Burkhardt was discovered around 9 a.m. Saturday passed out with a man in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Woodland Village mobile home park, 5757 U.S. 20, police said.

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A woman who works at nearby business told police she checked to make sure the pair were alright. Burkhardt woke up and attempted to get the man out of the driver's seat, but the passerby stopped her from driving away in her condition, police said.

When Burkhardt attempted to walk away, the passerby stopped her until police arrived, which resulted in a scuffle, according to the incident report.

Police said they spotted needle caps in plain view throughout the inside of the vehicle and then found nine hypodermic needles, including one loaded with a clear liquid. Pills were also discovered during the investigation and baggies containing a white powder, one of which tested positive for a fentanyl compound, police said.

Provided video shows four alleged juveniles vandalizing the Fraternal Order of Eagles property in Cedar Lake.

Burkhardt was taken to jail after being cleared at a nearby hospital, police said.

The man who was with her reportedly refused treatment and was released from the scene.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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