On Wednesday March 16th 2011 in the late night hours the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to the area of Highway 83 North in reference to a 911 call from a cellular phone.
The Communication Officer overheard a person ask for help and heavy breathing during an open line, however when trying to obtain further information the line remained open without any further response.
Officers arrived in the area quickly and began their search for the caller. Shortly after they began their search officers spotted a vehicle off of Highway 83 North in the area that is known as the “clay pit”.
As the officers approached the vehicle they observed some type of hose connected to the vehicle’s exhaust pipe and the other end stuck through a window leading into the interior portion of the vehicle. Officers also observed a subject sitting in the driver seat of said vehicle and were able to remove him safely from the carbon monoxide fumes.
The subject was assessed by Walton County Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) on scene and was listed alert but uncooperative when answering questions. Subject was transported to HealthMart for further evaluation.
The investigation is being reported as information only at this point and there is no further information available at this time.
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Special Operations Division Commander