TREMONTON -- An apparently intoxicated 41-year-old male who wouldn't come out of a store restroom was so "out of it" when he finally did, police suspected something else.
Officers were summoned to the Ridley's Family Market here one night after the man was so long in the restroom employees inquired after him, according to police dispatch logs. When he finally came out they reported he was "really out of it" and had done something to the commode to knock it "off the seals." They tried to keep him in the store "but he wouldn't stay inside."
Tremonton police officers and a Box Elder sheriff's deputy arrived and eventually found the man "stumbling down the street several blocks away," said Tremonton Sgt. Kevin Allred. "That's when we decided he needed to go to the hospital more than jail. He had apparently overdosed."
After a few hours at the hospital, the man was released and booked into the county jail in Brigham City, Allred said. A substance that appeared to be heroin was found on his person, which has been sent to the State Crime Lab for testing.
He has yet to be formally charged in the Nov. 14 incident, according to a check of the statewide court records database, pending the test results.
As far as the restroom, Allred said the commode had been somehow knocked off its base. "He just wouldn't come out of the bathroom and the water was running ... He somehow moved it off its base. He may have fallen on it. Or kicked it. He was so under the influence, maybe he jumped on it, we don't know."
Allred said he's seen very little heroin in Tremonton in his seven years with the department, after 25 years with the Layton force.
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