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Woman found unconscious inside vehicle on I-80/94 arrested after trooper find drugs in her wallet, police say

An Indiana State trooper arrested a Merrillville woman after finding her unconscious inside her Volkswagen Beetle while parked on the side of westbound Interstate 80/94 Saturday evening.

HAMMOND — An Indiana State trooper arrested a Merrillville woman after finding her unconscious inside her Volkswagen Beetle while parked on the side of westbound Interstate 80/94 Saturday evening.

Trooper Regen Smith said the Beetle had been sitting on the left shoulder of the road near Indianapolis Boulevard about 4 p.m.

When Smith approached the silver vehicle and saw the woman, later identified as 31-year-old Kelley Cooper, she tried to rouse her but was unsuccessful. 

Smith then broke the locked vehicle's passenger-side window and discovered Cooper wasn't breathing, so she "used life-saving measures."

Soon, Hammond fire and emergency medics arrived and took over, helping Cooper regain consciousness. The 31-year-old was taken to Community Hospital in Munster for treatment.

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While Smith was trying to find an ID for Cooper, the state trooper said she found two small bags of heroin and other drug paraphernalia in a wallet inside the vehicle. Cooper was also wearing a home detention monitor as part of her parole.

Following her release from the hospital, Cooper was transported to Lake County Jail on charges of OWI, operating a vehicle with a controlled substance, possession of a paraphernalia and possession of a narcotic drug.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.