On Monday, officers attempted to help a motorist on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge sickened many first-responders in San Francisco.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. PT on Sunday. There was an impaired driver in the northeastern lane of the famous span of US Highway 101, which connects San Francisco to Marin County.
Responding officers sniffed that “what we believe is fentanyl,” CHP officer Andrew Barclay told NBC News, and the driver was immediately treated with a narcotic overdose spray Narcan “to bring him back.” Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that can be fatal even in small doses.
A short time later, the CHP officer, who rammed Shaw’s car to turn off the ignition, became violently ill, fell to the ground and began to vomit and vomit “according to Barclay”.
The officer was also given a narcan and Barclay said the treatment could “save his life.”
Later, a tow truck driver, three more CHP officers and a Golden Gate Bridge patrol officer also fell ill and were treated at a hospital on Sunday.
Officials said that all those first responders were released from the hospital by Sunday night.
A dangerous team from the Mill Valley Fire Department destroyed the car and several CHP cruisers who responded.
Mill Valley Chief Fire Scott Barnes told the NBC Bay Area, “Once it is determined that it is a potential fentanyl call, we have to treat it like we treat all other infectious diseases or chemicals.” ” “We have to wear appropriate equipment, otherwise we become victims.”
According to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and CHP, a 32-year-old man in the car was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI before its release Sunday night.