One-year old child rescued from hot car

  • Tue Sep 5th, 2017 11:05am
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Passed out driver arrested.

On Sept. 3 at around 2:06 P.M., deputies with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office responded to check the welfare of a man at the Salt Creek Recreational Area located at 3506 Camp Hayden Rd. The man had been observed driving erratically into the park, parking his vehicle, then passing out.

When the first deputy arrived at 2:34 P.M. he found 33 year old Brian Kilmer still unconscious in the driver’s seat of a 2004 Ford Mustang. The Mustang was parked in direct sunlight and the vehicle’s windows were rolled up; with the exception of the driver’s window, which was opened only a few inches.

As the deputy was scanning the interior of the vehicle from front to back, he observed the keys still in the ignition, drug paraphernalia in plain view in the cup holder near the driver, and a sleeping one-year old child in the back seat. The child appeared to be in distress and was described as sweating, drenched hair, red cheeks, and flushed skin.

The deputy woke Kilmer up, and removed him from the vehicle. Kilmer appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances and was detained. The child was removed from the vehicle by the park host at the direction of the deputy; and moved to a cooler location out of the sunlight. Medics were summoned to evaluate both the child and Kilmer. Medics determined that neither required hospitalization.

The witness was contacted and stated that they had been driving on Highway 112 when they observed the above Mustang in front of them. The vehicle was “swerving all over the road.” The vehicle continued to swerve and drive at erratic speeds between 35 and 50 miles per hour after it turned onto Camp Hayden Road. The witness watched Kilmer park. Per the witness, Kilmer then “passed out.” The witness contacted the Park Manager and reported what they saw. The child in the back seat was not visible to the witness.

Kilmer was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence of controlled substances. A second deputy arrived to transport Kilmer to the Clallam County Corrections Facility. Searching Kilmer incident to arrest the second deputy found suspected methamphetamine in a small bag in the coin pocket of Kilmer’s pants.

A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, and several pieces of drug paraphernalia were found. A second search warrant was obtained for samples of Kilmer’s blood. Kilmer was booked into the Clallam County Corrections Facility for possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, DUI, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest has been forwarded to the Clallam County Prosecutor for charging.

The estimated temperature of the area at the time of the incident was about 82 degrees.