Peru, IN – A Mishawaka man is facing multiple drug charges after being revived following an overdose at Gallahan’s Truck Stop on W. 100 N., Peru. On December 31, 2019.
According to a Peru Police Department Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Chad Moony was dispatched to the Gallahan’s Truck Stop at approximately 10:59 a.m. on December 31, 2019, for a report of an unconscious and unresponsive male subject in the bathroom. A few moments later dispatch advised that this was an overdose and that the male had a syringe still in his arm.
Officer Mooney arrived on scene approximately three minutes later an observer Indiana State Trooper J. Kelly already on the scene and preparing to administer a dose of Naloxone.
Mooney observed a male on the floor of the bathroom, who was unconscious and was gasping for breaths every 10 to 15 seconds. The male was gray in the face and was completely unresponsive.
Officer Mooney and Trooper Kelly both administered one dose of Naloxone. There was no immediate change in the male’s condition.
Officer Swinford arrived with Dukes EMS and the Peru Fire Department.
The male subject was then patted down for officer safety. During the pat-down, Officer Mooney located a pocketknife and a small grey quarter size container that Officer Moony knew through his experience as a police officer was used to store illegal drugs, particularly heroin and methamphetamine.
The male was then moved to a more open area of the room to provide additional medical care. At this point, the male sat up very quickly and asked what was going on. He then began to fall unconscious again, but officers and medical staff were able to keep him awake.
After being evaluated by medical staff on the scene, the male signed a refusal of medical care. Everyone except for law enforcement cleared the scene.
The male was then read his Miranda warning and stated he understood. The male identified himself as Dennis M. Shaw, 51 of Mishawaka.
Officer Moony then asked Dennis if he used the syringe to inject heroin or fentanyl. Dennis replied that it could have been fentanyl but that it wasn’t supposed to be.
A further search of the subject revealed an additional syringe and multiple rolled up plastic baggies with a substance inside each one.
At this point, Dennis was advised that he was being placed under arrest. Due to still being in the gas station, and the potential for exposure to fentanyl, Officer Mooney closed the contained and placed everything back inside the Ziplock baggie for later inventory at the Peru Police Department.
Dennis was then transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for evaluation and clearance. While transported Dennis, he was extremely fidgety and was loudly yelling and cussing about how cold it is even though Officer Mooney had the heat on in his police vehicle.
Officer Mooney believed that Dennis was under the influence of Methamphetamine or possibly cocaine. Dennis denied using either drug. He was then seen and cleared by hospital staff before being transported to the Miami County Jail.
An inventory of the items taken included an uncapped syringe and a metal spoon that was burnt on the underside. The syringe was used and had blood inside of it. There also appeared to be a crystalline substance in the bowl of the spoon as well as a yellow/brown and white substance.
A field test was conducted on the spoons with a positive result for cocaine and methamphetamine.
Of the baggies, Officer Mooney field-tested two of the baggies found in the grey container. He received a positive result for cocaine and heroin indicating it could be a mixture.
Inside the other baggie was a rock-like substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.
Upon release from the hospital, Dennis Shaw, 51 of Mishawaka was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Hypodermic Needle/Syringe.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.