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Vermont State Trooper Revived After Apparent Drug Exposure

Sgt. Brett Flansburg began to feel ill and he collapsed in the parking lot of the New Haven barracks.

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    VT State Trooper Revived After Apparent Drug Exposure

    Acting Sgt. Brett Flansburg stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester late Friday.

    (Published Saturday, March 16, 2019)

    Police say a Vermont State Police trooper who collapsed after apparently being exposed to an opioid-like drug during a traffic stop was revived by fellow troopers who administered the overdose-reversal drug Narcan.

    Acting Sgt. Brett Flansburg stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester late Friday.

    Flansburg searched the car after a passenger, later identified as Taylor C. Woodward, 25, of Brandon, admitted swallowing a small bag of cocaine.

    Taylor C. Woodward, 25, of Brandon, was arrested after he admitted to swallowing a bag of cocaine during a traffic stop.
    Photo credit: Vermont State Police

    Flansburg collected a small quantity of heroin, an empty plastic baggie and a syringe. Woodward was taken into custody by other troopers.

    Flansburg began to feel ill and he collapsed in the parking lot of the New Haven barracks. Other troopers administered two doses of Narcan. He received a third dose on the way to the hospital.

    Flansburg was later released from the hospital.

    As a precaution, Woodward was also brought separately to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. It was determined that he did not need medical care, State Police said.

    Woodward is set to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Middlebury on May 6 to answer to a misdemeanor charge of possession of heroin.

    Testing is currently being done to determine the substance to which Flansburg was exposed.

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