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Wisconsin Couple on Heroin, Cocaine and Alcohol Arrested After Overdosing in Car with 3 Young Kids Inside: Cops

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Source: Janesville Police Department

Jun. 6 2023, Published 3:43 p.m. ET

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A couple in Wisconsin were arrested after they allegedly overdosed on drugs while driving around with their three young kids in the vehicle, according to authorities.

Around 8:20 p.m. on June 2, the Janesville Police Department and Janesville Fire Department responded to a call about people possibly overdosing in a parking garage, according to the Janesville Police Department.

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Once at the scene, officers found 31-year-old Demarco Whitby and 26-year-old Ricki Whitby both unconscious in a vehicle, along with three children all under the age of 6, officials said.

Authorities said both Demarco and Ricki operated the vehicle while using heroin, cocaine and alcohol and driving with the children in the vehicle.

Officials said the kids were unharmed and “turned over to a responsible party.”

Both Ricki and Demarco were medically treated and then booked into the Rock County Jail, officials said.

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They were charged with operating while intoxicated with passengers under 16, three counts of felony child neglect, possession of cocaine, possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug and possession of THC, authorities said.

First responders in the area have responded to four other suspected opiate-related overdoses in the last 36 hours, according to authorities.


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