2017-02-09 / Local News

Man overdoses at Elmwood gas station

A 23-year-old Traverse City man pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of heroin with less than 25 grams at his Circuit Court arraignment held Tuesday.

Tayler L. Curtis, of 3151 Paysage Place, is being held without bond in the Leelanau County Jail.

The charge stems from a Dec. 6 incident in which witnesses say Curtis staggered out of a bathroom and into the parking lot of a gas station in Elmwood Township and passed out, according to Tristan Chamberlain, assistant Leelanau County prosecutor.

Curtis, who is on probation for other drug-related charges, was at the gas station with his stepfather, who called Curtis’ probation officer and told him that Curtis was overdosing at the gas station, Chamberlain said.

The stepfather then left Curtis at the station.

When a detective from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office arrived there were two ambulances on the scene and Curtis was in the back of one, Chamberlain said. He had apparently been revived by Narcan, which is used to treat overdoes, he said.

Several items had allegedly been taken out of Curtis’ pockets by emergency personnel, including drug paraphernalia and a packet of heroin, Chamberlain said.

Curtis’ next court date has not yet been set.

Possession of heroin less than 25 grams is a four-year felony.

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