Six people, none of them from Shakopee, were taken Wednesday morning to St. Francis Regional Medical Center after police suspected they might have overdosed on a controlled substance and were found sitting in an idle car.
Emergency responders were called to County Road 18 north of Preserve Trail in Shakopee just before 10 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a car parked on the side of the road with people potentially sleeping in it. Scanner traffic indicated there were possibly “six overdoses.”
Shakopee Police Sgt. Tom Crocker said police at the scene weren’t sure what the six “young adults” had ingested, but it was clear they were not sober. The car had been parked on the side of the road for about 90 minutes after running out of gas, Crocker said.
“It looked like there was someone sleeping in the vehicle,” Crocker said. “When officers arrived, they smelled a very strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. There were six people in it … who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.”
Three ambulances responded to the scene, where at least three of the people involved were sitting in the ditch with blankets police had given them before they were loaded into the ambulances. Shakopee police and fire departments and Prior Lake police also responded.
Crocker said they are from various areas in the metro, including Eden Prairie, Blaine and Minneapolis.
All six were taken to the hospital for treatment. In the car, police found a small amount of marijuana and a small amount of an unspecified controlled substance, which could lead to criminal charges, Crocker said.
Narcan, a medication used to block