BLANCHESTER — Two Blanchester men were arrested and charged for separate incidents over the weekend.
At around 11 p.m. Saturday Blanchester police report they were called to Lot 26, 800 E. Center St., where a man had become unresponsive. Officers arrived and determined the man, Christopher Perry, 39, had overdosed on heroin, according to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt.
Blanchester EMS arrived and transported Perry to Clinton Memorial Hospital.
“The owner of the home declined consent for officers to search the residence, and additional Blanchester police personnel were called to work from home in order to obtain and execute a search warrant on the residence,” Reinbolt said. “The homeowner then granted consent to officers to search the home.
“In the room where Perry had been found officers found, several empty gel capsules of the type commonly used to package heroin, a hypodermic needle and a spoon of the type used to heat heroin prior to injection into the human body. Those items were seized.”
Reinbolt said officers located Perry in town on Sunday and charged him with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia; he was also cited for driving on a suspended driver’s license after he was observed operating a motor vehicle in town.
Perry also overdosed on Jan. 26 at a residence on S. Broadway Street, Reinbolt said.
He added, “In October officers found a woman suffering an overdose in Perry’s bedroom at a South Mill Street residence and seized a quantity of heroin from the home.
Perry will answer the current charges in Clinton County Municipal Court.
In another incident, shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, a Blanchester police officer stopped a white SUV for allegedly following too closely on North Broadway Street.
The driver pulled into a driveway, then fled on foot from the vehicle, leaving his passenger behind, said Reinbolt. He said the driver was Clifford Stephens, 36, of rural Blanchester.
“A second Blanchester police officer arrived to assist in searching for Stephens, and officers learned that the driveway he had pulled into was the residence of his sister,” Reinbolt said. “Shortly thereafter, Stephens’ sister walked him out of the residence and into the hands of the officers. It was determined that Stephens’ driver’s license was suspended and that he was wanted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest warrant they held for resisting arrest.”
Stephens was taken into custody and charged with driving under suspension. He was transported to Midland and turned over to a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy for incarceration in the county jail.
“We are appreciative of Stephens’ sister prevailing upon him to do the right thing and surrender to police before the incident evolved into a time-consuming manhunt which would have resulted in more serious charges against her brother,” Reinbolt said.