Just after midnight this morning (June 16), Lufkin police responded to a disturbance in the 1900 block on Hill Street. The caller said that a friend threw things in her house and broke it. The officers arrived on site and contacted the suspect in a neighboring house.
The officers took the man into custody without incident, and he admitted that he was drunk. His behavior appeared to be compatible with PCP narcotic intoxication. Because of his unpredictable behavior, a medical unit was called to the scene for a medical evaluation at a local hospital before he was taken to jail. Twenty minutes after he was admitted to the emergency room at a local hospital, Wilson coded. Medical staff pronounced him dead in the emergency room at 2:18 a.m.
The man was identified as 30-year-old Derrick Wilson from Lufkin. According to the policy, the incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers. An autopsy will be done in Beaumont later this week. Toxicological results will take 6 to 8 weeks.
Based on the recent calls, Lufkin Police are warning the community that they believe a toxic mixture of narcotics has entered the community. On Tuesday, a subject was suspected of ingesting an “acid” overdose. This person was taken to a local hospital but did not respond. On Monday, Lufkin police met a person whose behavior appeared to be consistent with PCP poisoning. He showed several signs of poisoning, including erratic, combative behavior and extreme thirst after wandering into a stranger’s house. The officers found him in one bedroom only in boxer shorts.
Authorities warn anyone who has a loved one with a drug problem to look out for signs of poisoning and medical distress, including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive thirst
- Heavy sweating
- Increased pulse
- Irrational behavior
If you see these signs, take them to a doctor or hospital as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late! If they are combative and refuse to leave, call the department at 936-633-0356 or 911 for an emergency.
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In order to prepare for a possible incident, always have your veterinarian’s phone number ready, along with an out-of-hours office to call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline that you can call (888) 426-4435 for advice.
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