EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- It’s a story that is capturing nationwide attention.
Police in East Liverpool posted a pair of pictures on Facebook depicting two people unconscious from what’s believed to be the effects of heroin.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” police declared. “We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess.”
In the images, which WKYC has decided to censor due to their graphic nature, both adults are limp as a 4-year-old boy sits in the back seat.
“This child can’t speak for himself, but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody,” police continued.
The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday when an officer spotted a Ford Explorer with West Virginia plates driving “very erratic weaving back and forth.” Police indicate the vehicle skidded to a stop as a school bus was dropping off children.
“The bus pulled away and the suspect vehicle remained in the roadway” before it slowly drifted to a stop, according to a police report.
When the officer approached, he noted the driver’s head was “bobbing back and forth” with his speech “almost unintelligible.” The driver, identified as James Acord, said he was taking his passenger to the hospital and attempted to put the vehicle back in gear. That’s when the officer reached in and removed the keys.
Both the driver and passenger became unconscious and their skin tones began turning blue, the police report said.
Narcan, a medicine that reverses an overdose, was administered as both were taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Thursday, Acord and Pasek were in court.
Acord pleaded no contest and was sentenced to serve 360 days behind bars and fined $475 for OVI and endangering children. His driver's license has also been suspended for three years.
Pasek, who pleaded not guilty to charges against her, will be back in court for a pretrial hearing Sept. 15. Police say the boy in the back of the vehicle is her son.
East Liverpool is located on Ohio’s state line just northwest of Pittsburgh.