What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop by Aberdeen Police Officer Brandon Swayne the evening of March 5 was anything but routine.
As Swayne approached the vehicle he had just pulled over, he noticed five subjects inside for which he asked ID.
“The back passenger lied to the officer, giving a false name,” a press release from the Aberdeen Police Department states. “Officer Swayne knew the subject was not being truthful and asked the individual to step out of the vehicle.”
It was at this time that the subject, whose real name is Josh D. Demarest, 25, ran away on foot. Swayne, however, caught up with Demarest, apprehended him, and returned to the scene with him.
“Upon returning, Swayne noticed the front seat passenger was out of the vehicle and on the ground and could hear the driver yelling for help,” the release reads. “Officer Swayne advised dispatch he needed the life squad for an unresponsive male. He then secured Demarest in the patrol unit and began first aid on the unresponsive male.”
Swayne, using an AED and with the help of another passenger, shocked the unresponsive male and was able to administer CPR.
The two were successful in getting the male to breath until the squad arrived, which later transported the him to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, Ky..
Officer Swayne returned back to the patrol unit to search Demarest for drug paraphernalia and found a needle in his right shoe. Demarest was then arrested and transported to the Brown County Adult Detention Center.
Anyone with information on illegal drug activity can contact the BCSO Drug Information Hotline at (937) 378-4435 Ext. 275 or to send an anonymous tip via the Sheriff’s website at www.browncountyohiosheriff.us. Tips on Aberdeen-related crime can be sent to the APD through their anonymous tip form, located at www.aberdeenpolicedepartment.webs.com.