Just after 12;00 PM Thursday, emergency responders were called to an unresponsive male inside a car on I-70 eastbound at Shadeland Avenue. Trooper Walter Butt was first on the scene and found an adult male unresponsive and barely breathing in the driver’s seat of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The truck had crashed into a guardrail on the right side of the road. Butt removed the male from the truck and began emergency life-saving procedures. Two other troopers arrived a short time later, Senior Trooper Justin Hobbs and Trooper Matt Beaver. Based on training and experience, the three troopers recognized the victim had possibly overdosed on an drugs. Trooper Butt retrieved his AED, provided by the Bolt for the Heart Initiative, from his car and applied it to the victim. The AED gave instructions to provide chest compressions but no shock was advised. As the victim’s condition deteriorated Butt began giving rescue breaths along with chest compressions. Medical personal from the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived and took over the rescue efforts. After a dose of Narcan, the victim began breathing on his own. He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital.
Inside the vehicle troopers located drugs and drug paraphernalia. 46-year-old Randy Vermillion of Greenwood now faces preliminary charges of possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (narcotics).
Preliminary charges are merely accusations of a crime, actual charges are determined by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
SOURCE: Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52