BLANCHESTER —A rash of drug-related incidents struck Blanchester Thursday, with one resulting in death.
According to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt, at around 5 p.m. Thursday police were dispatched to 5013 Sean Circle where a man, Jeffrey “Jake” Freytag, 27, had overdosed. A police officer arrived and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. Reinbolt said a hypodermic needle was found near the man.
Freytag was transported to Clinton Memorial Hospital via ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Reinbolt said.
Reinbolt said Freytag had been scheduled to appear in municipal court Friday on a different case.
According to records, Freytag had been arrested in October and charged with permitting drug abuse after a woman allegedly ingested methamphetamine inside his home.
In February, police said he overdosed on heroin when he crashed a pickup truck into a house.
Earlier Thursday, at 3:30 p.m., Blanchester Police were called to 204 W. Main St. where a man inside the business appeared to be suffering a drug overdose. Blanchester Emergency Medical Services was summoned and the man was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, Reinbolt said.
Then, around 8 p.m. Thursday, two Blanchester police officers stopped a car on Bourbon Street near Walnut Street. They learned that an occupant of the car, Jessica Schaffer, 35, was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for possession of drugs in Clermont County, Reinbolt said.
“Schaffer was placed under arrest, handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car,” he said. “There were two other occupants of the car. As the two officers focused their attention on those two men and on searching the car, Schaffer escaped from the back seat of the patrol car and fled. A search of the car turned up several hypodermic needles and a small baggie containing suspected heroin.”
Additional Blanchester police officers were called in to work from home, as was a tracking dog. Officers received several calls from residents on nearby Lazenby Street stating the woman was in that area, Reinbolt said. Officers searched the area by car, on foot and with a dog, but did not turn up Schaffer.
“A preliminary inquiry indicates that Schaffer was placed in the back of the cruiser, but that the arresting officer failed to disable the rear power windows, which has to be done manually from the driver’s seat,” Reinbolt said. “It appears Schaffer was able to twist in the seat, roll down the window, reach the outside door handle, open the door and leave the car. Witnesses indicate she was not handcuffed when seen on Lazenby Street, and based on her thin build, leads to the conclusion that she was able to slip her wrists through the handcuffs.”
Schaffer is believed to reside in the Mount Orab area; she will face new charges in Clinton County based upon this incident, according to Reinbolt.