An Indiana State
Police trooper saved a woman’s life on Saturday, then arrested her on drug
charges, the ISP said.
police, at 4:05 p.m. Trooper Regen Smith was dispatched to a possible
accident in the westbound lanes of I-80/94 near Indianapolis Blvd. On
arrival, Smith observed a Volkswagen Beetle on the left shoulder up against
the concrete median wall, whose sole occupant, a female, appeared to be
unconscious in the driver’s seat, police said.
repeatedly on the window to no avail, then broke the passenger’s side
window, at which time Smith discovered that the woman wasn’t breathing,
police said. Smith immediately began life-saving measures, which were
continued when Hammond Fire and EMS arrived at the scene, police said.
identified as Kelley Cooper, 31, of Merrillville, subsequently regained
consciousness and was transported to Munster Community Hospital, police
found two baggies of suspected heroin in Cooper’s wallet while searching for
her identification, police said. Cooper was also found to be wearing a home
detention monitor “due to her probation status,” police said.
On being released
from hospital, Cooper was transported to Lake County Jail on charges of
operating while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of
a narcotic drug, police said.