A 9-year-old girl called police from the back seat of the car to report the driver, who was snorting the addictive opiate while behind the wheel. After responding to the 911 call, USA Today reports authorities arrested Paula Smith, 41, of Batavia, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati. It is but the latest sad and sordid tale from the Buckeye State, which has been suffering from a major heroin epidemic over the last several years.
Police say when they arrived on the scene, Smith was in the car, while the child was sitting in a nearby fire truck, which had responded to the call. Inside the car, police also found an open can of beer. Smith was arrested at the scene and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, operating a vehicle under the influence, and refusal of a chemical test.
According to NBC affiliate WLWT 5, the girl who called the police is Smith’s daughter. Her father, Charles Dove, was also in the car at the time, and was arrested on drug charges. Both parents were overdosing on a particularly strong batch of heroin, responsible for over 70 overdoses in the Cincinnati metropolitan area over the weekend.
[Photo: Hamilton County Police]