PUTNAM COUNTY - An off-duty Indiana State Police trooper found a man lying in ditch unresponsive tonight in Putnam County after the man reportedly collapsed while walking under the influence of a combination of pills.
According to ISP Sgt. Joe Watts, the man was found to be under the influence of hydrocodone and xanax and was experiencing mental health issues.
The 21-year-old man from Indianapolis was transported to a Terre Haute hospital for treatment.
Trooper Colton Maynor was westbound on US 40 approaching US 231, when he noticed a noticed a male lying on his back in the ditch on the north side of US 40 at about 6 p.m.
Maynor stopped to check on the male and found him unresponsive.
"Trooper Maynor then summoned EMS personnel and then utilized physical stimulus to bring the male to a semi-conscious state," Watts explained, adding that Maynor continued to monitor the victim’s vital signs until arrival of paramedics from Putnam County Operation Life.
Assisting were deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics from Putnam County Operation Life.
A second suspect in a recent burglary on Terre Haute's north side has been arrested in connection to the case, following an ongoing Vigo County Sheriff's Office investigation.
John D. Quillen, 27, of West Terre Haute, was booked into the Vigo County Jail Thursday afternoon on charges of burglary, auto theft, and theft.
Dustin L. Balder, 25, of Terre Haute, was booked into the Vigo County Jail Monday. He is charged with three counts of burglary, auto theft and three counts of theft.
Chief Deputy John Moats explained that VCSO detectives received information from a victim of a recent burglary that he had driven by a property in a yard located at 212 Hancock Street. Miscellaneous tools, a Lincoln Mig welder, a 2003 Honda ATV and the keys to a 2013 Ford F-150 truck that was later located in the parking lot of a local hotel were allegedly stolen.
Moats said that this may not be the last arrest in this case.
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