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First responders exposed to drugs, revived by Narcan during traffic stop

Brennan Dowling, 30, two women taken into custody

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A suspect and first responders were possibly exposed to fentanyl during a Lake County traffic stop, including a sheriff's deputy who was revived by Narcan, officials said.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle Tuesday afternoon on Florida Boys Ranch Road near County Road 561.

Investigators said the deputy spotted narcotics and began to pass out. Another deputy administered Narcan to revive the investigator, according to the Sherrif's Office.

Two firefighters were also given Narcan after they started to feel ill, according to authorities. Officials said a suspect in the car, Brennan Dowling, 30, also started to react to the narcotics.

All four were taken to the South Lake Hospital, but everyone was expected to be OK, officials said.

The vehicle and first responders' cars were decontaminated at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Small amounts of fentanyl can cause seizures or death.

Rebecca Wagner and Stephanie Martin.
Rebecca Wagner and Stephanie Martin.

Dowling and two women who were passengers in his car, Rebecca Wagner, 36, and Stephanie Martin, 29, were taken into custody. All have previously been arrested in Lake County, officials said.

Martin was being held on $3,000 bond. Wagner, who faces charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license, is being held on an $8,000 bond.

Dowling, who is still receiving medical treatment, did not make a court appearance Wednesday.

Florida Boys Rand Road was completely closed just west of the County Road 561 intersection, but the road was later reopened.

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