(TAVARES, FL) – A Tavares police officer overdosed and was transported to the hospital after being exposed to fentanyl Tuesday during a traffic stop, according to the department.
The incident took place on Tuesday, and was captured on video.
Officer Bannick was conducting a routine traffic stop and discovered that the passenger was in possession of narcotics.
Video shows Bannick leaving the scene, before she was heard choking and breathless on her radio by Cpl. O’Shea.
“When he walked to her vehicle to check on her, he observed her to be in and out of consciousness and needing immediate medical attention,” a new release reads.
Sgt. Mahaney and K-9 Handler Lt. Brown, from Tavares and Astatula police departments respectively, administered three doses of NARCAN to Bannick and transported her to the hospital, where she is expected to fully recover.
“I have done this (100) times before the same way,” said Bannick, who was wearing gloves when handling the narcotics. “It only takes one time and a minimal amount. I’m thankful I wasn’t alone and had immediate help.”
The individuals in the traffic stop are facing felony charges and were transported to the Lake County jail, but are not being named at this time, police said.