Police: Pregnant woman overdoses in the back of patrol car after traffic stop

Posted at 9:04 AM, Oct 04, 2017

A woman who was eight months pregnant overdosed on drugs in the back of a police cruiser, according to authorities.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Oct 1,  Warren Township police pulled over a car for merging onto a highway without using a turn signal.

According to the police report, the woman, 31-year-old Brandy Renicker, was taken into custody for having outstanding warrants.  Authorities also located suspected crack cocaine inside her wallet.

Police said Renicker told them she was eight months pregnant. Officers handcuffed her and placed her in the back of the patrol car.  

On the way to the jail, Renicker kept falling asleep, and when the officer asked if she was alright, she responded she was just tired since she had been up all night "working" as a prostitute to make money for her her unborn child, the report said.

Renicker told police she had been a using heroin for seven years and had used the drug the entire time she had been pregnant, the report said.

Police said the woman's overdose symptoms appeared to worsen on the car ride to the jail. When they arrived, the officer requested a nurse to check on her as she was falling in and out of consciousness.

She was given naloxone by EMS and transported to St. Joseph Medical Center.

According to the report, when police searched the back of the patrol car where Renicker was sitting they located a small plastic bag and a small amount of white powder.

Renicker's child was delivered by emergency c-section on Oct. 3, authorities said.   

The woman was charged with drug abuse, endangering children and tampering with evidence.