Arrest made after apparent overdose in Walmart parking lot

  • Police arrest a man at the Walmart parking lot in Concord on Saturday after responding to a call of two adults unconcious in a minivan with a child in the backseat. LEAH WILLINGHAM / Monitor staff

  • —LEAH WILLINGHAM / Monitor staff

  • —LEAH WILLINGHAM / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Sunday, March 04, 2018

A man was arrested in the Walmart parking lot in Concord on Saturday night after police said they responded to a 911 call for two adults unconscious in a car with a young child in the backseat.

Police arrived at Walmart about 5 p.m. to find two adults, a man and a woman, who appeared to be unconscious in a silver minivan. A young child was in the backseat, Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said.

“The caller believed the couple might have overdosed,” Ford said. “They were breathing, but not responsive.”

Police first made contact with the woman, who was sitting in the drivers seat, while the man remained unconscious in the passenger seat wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood and sunglasses, onlookers said.

After identifying the adults, police learned the male had a felony arrest warrant. When police attempted to arrest the man, he resisted, Ford said.

“They fought with him in the car and wound up using a Taser to subdue him,” Ford said.

Kelley Murphy of Concord said she was headed to Walmart to buy groceries with her daughter Kaylyn when they saw police talking with the female passenger through the window of the van.

By the time they finished shopping, the doors of the car were open, both passengers had left the car and the passenger-side window had been smashed.

Later, they said they saw a woman holding a small child talking to a group of police.

“This shouldn’t happen all the time, but it does,” Murphy said. “And unfortunately, it’s even more heart-wrenching when there’s kids in the back seat.”

The man was then arrested on the outstanding warrant, charging him with reckless conduct and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Merrimack County Jail, Ford said. 

Ford did not disclose the nature of the relationship between the child and the two adults, but he said they did know eachother. He said the child is staying in a safe environment.