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Medic suspected of abusing drugs

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

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A now-former American Medical Response employee faces criminal charges after his supervisor told LaGrange police Friday he found illegal substances inside the man’s medic bag.

The supervisor told officers he suspected the man had been coming to work under the influence of drugs, according to a police report. The supervisor said when he escorted the medic for a drug test he became irate and left. The supervisor told police once an employee refuses a drug test, they are automatically terminated.

According to the AMR supervisor, as he conducted an inventory of the former employee’s medic bag, he found intravenous drugs and kits that should not have been inside the bag — including derivatives of the antipsychotic drug Haldol, the anti-anxiety drug Valium, Benadryl and two separate types of testosterone-boosting steroids.

The supervisor also said he found a homemade sheath of a surgical mask containing a suspected methamphetamine pipe along with meth residue, a clear plastic temperature bottle containing suspected urine and an unopened heating pad. According to the supervisor, the last two items indicated the employee was prepared to falsify a drug test at any time.

In addition, a prescription bottle containing the prescription antibiotic Amoxicillin and another bottle filled with Piroxicam, an arthritis medication, with a name on label other than the medic’s were also discovered in the employee’s medic bag, the supervisor stated.

LaGrange police obtained arrest warrants on the former employee for possession of methamphetamines, two counts of possession of narcotics and two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and theft.

The employee was still at large as of press time.

Woman suspected of DUI leaves accident scene

LaGrange police and Troup County Sheriff’s deputies worked together to catch a woman who was reported leaving the scene of an accident around 9 p.m. Friday on Lafayette Parkway near Davis Road.

The victim told a LaGrange police officer that a gray or silver Chevy Malibu hit his vehicle, then continued traveling North on Davis Road.

According to the report, a TCSO deputy caught up with the suspected hit-and-run driver at the intersection of North Davis and Hammett roads.

LaGrange officers said they noticed damage to the car consistent with the accident. The driver of the car refused to answer any questions about the vehicle, but did admit she had been drinking alcohol, the officers stated. She would not say how much she had to drink or comply with a field sobriety test.

The driver was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and suspicion of DUI.

Credit card fraud

A man told LaGrange police someone broke into his car and is now racking up debt on his wife’s credit cards.

According to the victim, his vehicle was broken into Thursday Valley, Alabama. The couple quickly noticed on Friday that someone was using his wife’s stolen credit cards in LaGrange at places including the CVS at 300 Morgan Street, Walgreens at 115 Vernon Street and the Walmart on New Franklin Road.

The victim told police many of the transactions were more than $100.

Police are investigating.

Car stolen from Taco Bell

LaGrange police are on the look out for a vehicle that was stolen from the Taco Bell parking lot on Saturday around 9:50 p.m.

The driver of the car told officers she left the keys in her 2005 burgundy Toyota Camry and the doors unlocked when the incident happened. She also said her niece saw two black males with bandanas on their heads get in to the vehicle and speed away.

The estimated value of the car is $8,000.

Police are searching for the suspects.

Burglaries

• A woman told LaGrange police when she returned to her home in the 1000 block of Whitesville Road from jail on Saturday around 7 p.m. and noticed some of her belongings were missing. The victim said at least $120 worth of clothes were gone, along with a tablet, a stereo system and perfume. The estimated value of all the items was around $620.

• A homeowner told police on Sunday someone stole her 60-inch TV from her home in 1300 block of Washington Street while she was gone for the night. The victim said a back bedroom window and a back door were found open. The TV is worth an estimated $2,000.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.