Iowa Officer Exposed To Suspected Fentanyl During Traffic Stop

An Iowa police officer was hospitalized over the weekend when he was exposed to fentanyl, authorities said Monday.

According to the Fort Dodge Police Department, the officer was conducting a routine traffic stop around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The woman provided false identification information to the cop and she was ultimately taken into custody for the move as well as for driving on a suspended license, according to the news release.

While on the scene of the traffic stop, the officer handled an unknown substance before transporting the female to the Law Enforcement Center. When the officer was transporting the female, the officer began feeling dizzy and lightheaded.

When officers and medics arrived at the Law Enforcement Center, they found the officer unresponsive inside his patrol car.

The officer was rushed to Unity Point Hospital and was given at least two doses of Narcan while on the way to the hospital. Narcan is an opioid overdose reversal drug.

Police say the unknown substance is suspected to be a form of fentanyl, but won’t be certain until further testing is conducted.