Police: Taser used on woman who came at officers with drug-filled needle
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SALEM — Officers had to use a Taser to subdue a woman found unresponsive in a bathroom after she refused to drop a needle, police said.
An employee at a rest stop along Interstate 93 called police around 7:28 p.m. Sunday to report that two women had been found unresponsive in a bathroom, police said.
Police found the first female on her back laying on the floor behind a locked stall door. In the next stall over, police said officers found a second woman on her knees.
As officers were giving first aid to the woman on her back, the second female opened the door to the stall she had been in with an uncapped hypodermic needle in her hand, police said.
The needle had a brown-colored liquid in it, which the officers believed to be heroin or fentanyl. Officers told the woman to drop the needle but she continued to move toward them with the needle held in front of her face, police said.
Officers stunned the woman with a Taser, but it did not appear to affect her and she went back into the stall and closed the door with the Taser wires still attached to her, police said.
After continuing to ask her to drop the needle, officers used the Taser a second time and the woman left the stall without the needle, police said.
Police arrested the woman, later identified as Rebecca Santy, 34, of Bow. They then pulled the second woman, later identified as Tricia Duff, 59, of Hopkinton, from the stall and she regained consciousness. She also was arrested.
Both woman refused medical treatment, police said.
Officers found drugs and paraphernalia in the two stalls and seized them.
Santy has been charged with possession of a controlled drug and reckless conduct. Duff is charged with possession of a controlled drug.