LEICESTER, Mass. – The arrest of a Paxton man on heroin possession charges Tuesday led Leicester police to the discovery of a woman in a parked car unconscious from a possible drug overdose. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital.
The incident began at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when a police got a call about a man staggering in the roadway on Manville Street.
Responding officers found Andrew J. Ziarko, 24, of 10 William Allen Drive, Paxton, in a disoriented state and appearing to be under the influence. Ziarko had several hypodermic needles and heroin in his possession, police said. He was taken into custody and charged with the illegal possession of a class A controlled substance.
Ziarko was booked at the Leicester Police Department and released on his personal recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week.
The officers determined that Ziarko may have been in the area with a woman, and after a search of the area they found the unconscious woman in a vehicle near the Waite Street dam. Police said she had a hypodermic needle in her lap and fresh needle marks on her arm.
The woman was transported to the hospital by Leicester Emergency Medical Services.
The chief said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that additional charges may be filed. Sgt. Joseph Fontaine and Officers Alexander Samia and Scott Brooks worked on the investigation and arrest.