UHP Officer Saves Motorist From Opiate Overdose on Highway 40

A local Utah Highway Patrol officer saved the life of a motorist on Highway 40 on Monday night. According to UHP Sgt. Kellie Oaks, Trooper Colter Bentley was waved over to help on a motorist assist. A man was laying on the ground that had overdosed on opiates and Trooper Bentley used Narcan to save his life. UHP Lt. Todd Royce explains that UHP officers have been trained to carry Narcan for multiple uses. “Having Narcan helps with both officer safety or with the case like in the Uintah Basin it helps the general public as well.” Officer safety is taken seriously because of the high potency of the opiate Fentanyl that can cause an overdose of an officer just by touching it. “Exposure is dangerous which is why we train our officers,’ shares Lt. Royce, who explains that canine officers can also use the Narcan to save their canines who come in contact with Fentanyl. Most local law enforcement agencies are now equipped with Narcan and are trained to administer it in cases of opiate exposure or overdose.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.