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Heroin User Passes Out in Newport Taco Bell Drive-Thru, Passenger Flees

A man passed out in the drive-thru of the Taco Bell on Carothers Road in Newport and his passenger fled the small pick-up.

Newport Police and EMTs responded to the scene to find a man passed out in the truck just as it had reached the drive-thru speaker where orders are placed. According to scanner traffic at the time, the passenger took off for the nearby Newport Shopping Center.

The River City News arrived on the scene to see the man assisted out of his truck, arms freshly bandaged, and evaluated near an ambulance.

A woman was later brought back to the scene in handcuffs and transported in a police cruiser.

The drive-thru was closed as of 6 p.m. as investigators and emergency responders worked the scene.

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Story & photo by Michael Monks, editor & publisher