Men flee in traffic stop: 2 overdose in police cars after arrest

Two people ran from a stopped vehicle during a traffic stop in downtown Franklin, and both overdosed in the back of police cars after they were captured, police said.

They both recovered. In one case, police got the suspect out of his police car and gave him Narcan. In the other case, medics were called, police said.

Police arrested Shane Michael Green, 26, 695 Johnson Avenue, and Carl Eugene Conner III, 34, 472 Lakeshore Court, both of Franklin, on charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of a drug injection device, resisting police and possession of cocaine. Conner was arrested on two additional unrelated warrants.

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The incident started with a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. Monday at North Main and East Adams streets in downtown Franklin.

While looking up information on the people in the vehicle, the officer saw some of them moving positions. Conner got out and ran, and an officer with a police dog who was just arriving to help at the scene arrested him when he fell down in the middle of Jackson Street, the report said.

More officers came to the traffic stop scene to help get the other three people out and investigate, when another passenger got out and started running, the report said.

Green ran between homes, then fell on Main Street and was arrested, the report said.

Conner was in the backseat of a police vehicle and told the officer he was overdosing on heroin. The officer got him out and gave him Narcan, a drug meant to counter the effects of an overdose. Police found suspected heroin and crack cocaine on him, the report said.

Green was put in another police officer’s vehicle, and that officer called for a medic because Green started overdosing as well, the report said. Green told police he had taken heroin, spice, four grams of methamphetamine and marijuana, the report said.

Both were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital, then the Johnson County jail.

Inside the vehicle, police found a needle, spoons, smoking pipes, digital scales, a counterfeit $100 bill, and substances suspected to be drugs. Two other people in the vehicle were released.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.