ST. GEORGE — A woman and her ex-husband were arrested on drug charges Thursday evening after the woman called for help when her ex-husband overdosed on heroin in a room at the Coronada Inn & Suites in St. George.
St. George Police officers and medical responders were dispatched to the Coronada Inn & Suites, 559 E. St. George Blvd., after Chelsea Hunerlach, 20, of Washington City, reported that her ex-husband, Jon Vincent Paxman, 22, of St. George, had overdosed, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Doug Iverson.
Upon entering the hotel room, Iverson found Paxman lying on the floor, according to the statement. Paramedics were able to revive him with Narcan, an opioid antagonist, and ground ambulance transported him to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
During an investigation into the overdose, officers discovered multiple syringes already used and two syringes that were loaded with suspected heroin. Iverson read Hunerlach her Miranda rights and asked her about the heroin.
“She was very distraught and stated it was Jon’s,” Iverson wrote in the statement.
Iverson searched Hunerlach’s purse, which he had found sitting in the middle of the room on the floor, and found a loaded syringe. He asked if the purse was hers and she said yes.
“I asked if there was anything inside that would stick or poke me. She stated ‘you know when you’re married to someone and your stuff gets mixed up with each other’s belongings, well that’s what must have happened,'” Iverson wrote in the statement.
Iverson asked Hunerlach what she meant by that, and she responded that she hadn’t used heroin for 2 weeks. After asking again if the needle found in the purse was hers, Hunerlach said she didn’t know for sure.
Hunerlach was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
After Paxman became coherent, he was read his Miranda rights, and Iverson asked him if he had used heroin that night. Paxman said he had.
“I asked him if the needles, cotton balls, tin foil, spoon and plastic with brown residue was his and he stated ‘most of it,'” Iverson wrote in the statement.
Paxman was also arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Paxman and Hunerlach were each charged with one third-degree felony for possession of heroin. Hunerlach was additionally charged with a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, and Paxman was charged with a class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia and a class A misdemeanor for probation violation. According to bookings information, each person’s bail stands at $6,943.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Ed. note: It was learned post-publication that Paxman is Hunerlach’s ex-husband; correction made Oct. 4.
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