Woman refuses help to man in medical crisis
- West Linn Tidings - News
Police never know what to expect when they respond to a domestic dispute. And they always send at least two officers.
Last Saturday, officers responded to an anonymous caller's report of a domestic dispute in an apartment in the 19000 block of Hidden Springs Road.
The call came in to police dispatch just after 8:30 a.m., and police were told that sounds were heard that resembled a man and a woman.
'The complainant advised the 9-1-1 operator that it sounded like a male vs. female fighting,' said Sgt. Neil Hennelly, 'and they heard loud thumping noises - possibly something being struck against a wall.'
Officers David Heimbuck and Blain McKean tried to get someone to open the door so they could determine the cause of the ruckus, but no one opened the door.
After they unsuccessfully tried to kick the door in, Hennelly said, a man came to the door and the officers went in and discovered a 21-year-old man lying on the floor - almost unconscious.
The man allegedly had taken an overdose of a prescription drug, and was in a medical crisis, Hennelly said.
While this crisis was occurring, a 46-year-old woman Hennelly described as the man's girlfriend failed to call for medical assistance, When police arrived, she was in another room allegedly getting ready for work.
Instead of going to work, the woman was arrested for reckless endangerment and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. Hennelly used the word 'apathy' to describe her attitude toward her 'boyfriend.'