Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monona PD Press release

From Chief Walter Ostrenga:

Date: April 29, 2009

For Immediate Release:

Traffic/Drug Investigation

Monona Police Department Case # 2009-2705

On Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at approximately 2:04 am, Monona Police Officers stopped a suspected OWI driver for minor traffic violations in the area of Rt. 51 and Broadway. As officers prepared to administer field sobriety testing, the driver attempted to conceal several baggies containing unknown substances by putting them in her mouth and swallowing them.

Almost immediately the 55 year old female started to exhibit distress and passed out. Officers were able to remove one small plastic baggie, but another larger baggie containing a golf ball size substance became lodged in her airway. Officers called for assistance and immediately began to administer medical aid. Monona and Madison EMS units arrived on scene and were able to extract the larger bag, but only after several minutes had passed.

The subject was transported to a local hospital and is currently in intensive care on life support.
Evidence recovered has been taken to the crime lab for analysis. Any potential charges will depend on the subject recovering from the self inflicted injury.

The subject has a lengthy criminal history and her name is being with held pending notification to family.

Chief Walter J. Ostrenga
Monona Police Department

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