Authorities in Ohio say a man officers saved from a nearly fatal overdose stole their vehicle after he regained consciousness this week.
According to Fox News, 25-year-old Jeremy Davis was in his girlfriend’s apartment in Columbus on Friday when he passed out.
The Columbus Police Department dispatched officers to the location to check on him, according to a statement from Sgt. Douglas Wilkinson.
“The officers revived the suspect who had a fading pulse and brought him back basically from dying,” he said.
Robert Stanley, whose daughter is dating Davis, said he witnessed the man act as though “he was ready to fall out or something” on the day of the incident.
“When he got into the living room he fell down on the floor and when he fell on the floor he stopped like breathing so I tried to help him out by giving him mouth to mouth and CPR and I was hollering for someone to call 911,” Stanley said.
Police reportedly administered Narcan, an emergency treatment for drug overdoses, to Davis and transported him to a waiting ambulance.
As officers ran his identification for possible outstanding warrants, he allegedly ran from the ambulance and into a nearby police cruiser, which had been left parked and idling, as reported by WSYX.
From there, police reports indicate Davis drove the stolen vehicle to an alley in the area, where he left it stranded and escaped.
“The officers tried to apprehend him at that time a foot chase pursued and the suspect double backed and was able to enter one of the cruisers that was running,” Wilkinson said.
As of the latest reports available, police had not yet located the suspect. Davis reportedly has a history of run-ins with law enforcement, including arrests for charges related to theft and drug possession.
Officials urge the public to avoid contact with the suspect and to call police with tips regarding his whereabouts.
[Featured image: Jeremy Davis, Columbus Police]