LAKE STATION — A 48-year-old woman is facing a felony drug charge in connection with an overdose call last week that sent a Hobart paramedic to a local hospital for possible exposure to a powerful opioid, court records show.
Jennifer Golden, who has addresses in Lake Station and Hammond, was inside a mobile home at Ravinia Pines, 534 E. 37th Ave., about 5:30 p.m. July 4 when police found an unconscious man on the floor, Lake Criminal Court records show.
The man, 48 of Lake Station, who was suffering labored breathing, was given naloxone and taken to an ambulance. Police officers noticed drug paraphernalia in the living room, kitchen and bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Ron Reed Jr., a paramedic for Hobart Fire Department, previously told The Times he was in an ambulance attempting to intubate the man when the man coughed and snorted in his face.
After returning to the station, Reed began to feel unwell and fell unconscious. Another paramedic administered naloxone, and Reed was taken to a hospital.
Reed said he suspected he was exposed to a powerful synthetic opioid, such as fentanyl. He expected to return to work this week.
Inside the mobile home, Golden told officers the man did not and had never taken drugs. Police repeatedly ordered her to sit on a couch as she attempted to move items on a kitchen table, court records state.
As she sat on the couch, she was belligerent and yelled at officers assisting medics, according to records.
An officer noticed a torn up metal scrub pad, which is commonly associated with crack cocaine use, on the kitchen table. Another officer picked up a cigarette pack, and police found an off-white powdery substance with a cut-up straw next to it, according to a probable cause affidavit.
A field test indicated the substance was heroin, records state.
Golden said the substance wasn't hers and denied knowing where it came from. When police asked her about moving items on the table, she again became belligerent and was placed in handcuffs after a struggle with officers, according to an affidavit.
Golden is facing a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony. She was released from Lake County Jail after posting a $995 cash bond Tuesday.
The man also could face charges, if he survives, Lake Station police Capt. Brian Williams said. Information about the man's medical condition was not available.