Unconscious woman revived, arrested

Police: Overdose drug administered 4 times on 21-year-old Columbus resident

A local woman who was overdosing on drugs received four doses of opiate-antidote naloxone before being revived, and later was arrested.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Dougan was sent to a drug overdose call at 3310 W. Lowell Road at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday after dispatchers received a report of an unresponsive female in a Chrysler Pacifica.

Prior to Dougan’s arrival, reserve deputy Tim Dillingham had stopped and pulled Destiny Shipley, 21, 2327 Gilmore St., from the vehicle. Shipley was not breathing when deputies arrived, the sheriff’s department said.

Dougan administered four doses of naloxone and then used a self-inflating bag to breathe for the woman when she did not respond, the department said. A short time later, Shipley did begin breathing on her own.

Deputies found an uncapped syringe with a clear substance on the ground outside the passenger door of the vehicle and the cap for the syringe was located on the floorboard, deputies said.

Investigators spoke with a female who was in the vehicle with Shipley who told officers she had found Shipley walking along the roadway just prior to the time the woman lost consciousness, deputies said.

Officers found a knife and two spoons in the vehicle, with both spoons containing residue. A corner-cut baggie was also found containing a white crystal substance, deputies said. The female who was with Shipley claimed she did not know anything about the corner-cut baggie.

Shipley was evaluated at Columbus Regional Hospital before being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and a Bartholomew County warrant, deputies said.

Shipley is being held in the jail in lieu of $137,500 bond, jail officials said.

Drug tip line

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking that people who know others who are using or dealing drugs call 812-379-1740 to report it.

  • The sheriff’s department has an anonymous tip line, 812-379-1712.
  • Anonymous tips may also be emailed to sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov.
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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.