SONORA -- Police arrested two people suspected of overdosing on prescription drugs at a hospital parking lot before they went inside early Wednesday, pretending to have been attacked to get more narcotics from doctors.
Daniel Jacobsen, 26, and Elissa Fritz, 20, both of Paso Robles, were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and child endangerment.
Police Chief Mark Stinson said Fritz's 10-month-old child was with them inside a parked vehicle as they snorted crushed prescription pills.
Officers initially responded to the Sonora Regional Medical Center emergency room about 4 a.m. to a report of two assault victims.
When the officers arrived, they learned Jacobsen and Fritz were being treated for prescription drug overdose. Stinson said the assault was a hoax.
The officers learned Jacobsen was on probation for a drug possession conviction in Calaveras County, so they did a probation search of the parked vehicle.
Inside, the officers found numerous empty prescription pill containers, two of which had been filled the day before. Drug paraphernalia, a pill crusher and five types of prescription pills were found as well.
Stinson said neither Jacobsen nor Fritz had prescriptions for most of the pills found.
There was a marble slab with white-powder residue and items to snort drugs.
A witness told the officers that Fritz and Jacobsen were seen at the hospital about five hours before staggering around the parking lot as if they were intoxicated. The witness said Fritz was holding the infant.
Police believe Jacobsen and Fritz chopped up and snorted several types of pills before they ran low.
Stinson said they created a story about being attacked so they could get more prescription pills in the emergency room. Jacobsen and Fritz were unaware they had overdosed when they went inside the hospital, he said.
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