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The West Virginia Department of Corrections announced that 25 year old Morgan Bussard died in custody at Eastern West Virginia Regional Jail in Martinsburg on Monday.
She supposedly swallowed a foreign substance during booking which led to a self inflicted overdose.
The woman was originally arrested when she was spotted using controlled substances with another woman at a pizza restaurant on Queen Street while minors were in the back of the car.
When officers arrived and discovered drug paraphernalia, a struggle ensued as Bussard attempted to hide the substances.
She did not comply with officer requests during booking which was when she swallowed the substance and became ill shortly after.
The incident remains under investigation.
The minors in the car were unharmed and taken into custody of another family member.
A police chase began in Berkeley County where officers pursued a vehicle on 81 south under suspicion of a DUI.
The vehicle, listed as stolen in Jefferson County, then entered Frederick County before taking exit 323 and continuing south.
Officers deployed a successful spike strip at Welltown Road.
Then the suspect, Matthew Kerlin, 31, led the officers on a brief foot chase.
Kerlin claimed to have swallowed methamphetamines during the pursuit and showed signs of overdosing when EMS arrived at the location.
He was then taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.
Kerlin will face charges including possession of drugs and a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and driving suspended.
Northwestern Prevention collaborative as well as Northwestern Community services board will offer a free
virtual revive training on Friday September 24th from 12:30 – 1:30 this one hour class provides an overview
of how to recognize an opioid overdose and administer Naloxone.
To register go to https://nwprevention.org/revive