BPD: Man overdoses on drugs, arrested


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BLANCHESTER — A man currently on parole for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor was arrested Monday after he overdosed, possibly on heroin, said BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt.

At around 1 p.m. Monday Blanchester police responded to the United Dairy Farmers store at 211 W. Main Street on a report of a man who had overdosed.

Officers report they arrived and found Joseph Hagerman, 29, of Clarksville unconscious behind the wheel of his car at the gas pumps. Reinbolt said Hagerman had a hypodermic needle sticking out of his arm.

An ambulance arrived and “administered life-saving care,” Reinbolt said. “Once he regained consciousness, Hagerman refused transport to the hospital. He was alone in the car, with the exception of his dog.”

Hagerman was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.

“A search of his car turned up several additional hypodermic needles as well as a small quantity of suspected heroin,” Reinbolt said. He added that the car, which was improperly registered, was towed.

Officers were unable to locate anyone to care for the dog, and the dog warden came to the scene and took the dog to the pound, Reinbolt said.

Hagerman was taken to the Clinton County Jail. Reinbolt said Hagerman will answer the charge in the Clinton County Municipal Court.

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