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Man who overdosed on heroin revived by EMS and later arrested by police

Jeff Bobo • Jun 27, 2018 at 11:45 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who was revived by EMS after suffering a heroin overdose on June 14 was subsequently charged with heroin possession because Church Hill police allegedly found three baggies of brown powder in his home.

Kevin Bland Hooker, 54, 716 E. Main Blvd., Church Hill, was arraigned on June 20 in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of heroin possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia due to a marijuana pipe also allegedly found in his possession on June 14.

Hooker was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $3,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 15.

On the afternoon of June 14, Church Hill Police Department Officer Kevin Grigsby responded to Hooker’s residence on an overdose report made by his wife.

Hawkins County EMS administered Narcan to Hooker, and eventually he was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Narcan is a medication used to block the effects of opioids during an overdose.

Family members reportedly denied that Hooker used heroin, stating that he used prescription medication.

Grigsby said he and EMS were attempting to determine what Hooker had taken when Grigsby allegedly found two pill bottles partially hidden by a sheet on a shelf behind the chair where Hooker was seated.

The pill bottles, which had Hooker’s name on them, were allegedly found to contain a total of three baggies of brown powder believed to be heroin.

Hooker was arrested on the heroin possession charge on June 19.

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