Men take dying friend to hospital, leave, get arrested

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Two people are in police custody on unrelated warrants after dropping off an overdosing friend — who later died — at a Pontiac hospital late Wednesday night, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pair dropped off their friend, a 35-year-old Springfield Township man, to the emergency room at McLaren Oakland Hospital in a red Ford Taurus. The man was unresponsive and not breathing, they said, according to the sheriff's office.

The man was taken into the hospital, but his friends “left without giving any information about what happened to the victim,” the statement said. That man died a time later, and by 11:30 p.m. the sheriff’s office was dispatched to the hospital.

Surveillance footage helped sheriff’s deputies identify the vehicle the pair drove. Deputies on patrol found the Taurus at about 4:15 a.m. in front of a house on the 80 block of South Francis. Four people were detained and interviewed, and during those interviews investigators came to believe that the 35-year-old man had “most likely died of a drug overdose.” An autopsy is pending, and the Oakland County Medical Examiner has taken his body into custody.

In the end, the man’s two friends, who had dropped him off at the hospital, were arrested on “unrelated outstanding warrants,” and taken to Oakland County Jail.

One is a 52-year-old Pontiac woman whose warrant was for possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams.

The second is a 44-year-old Pontiac man wanted for failure to make a court appearance in a breaking-and-entering case, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

jdickson@detroitnews.com