Heroin users found passed out in truck stop parking lot

They were in violation of a no-contact order. He was released; she went to jail.


A welfare check on two passed-out individuals in the back seat of a vehicle at the Pilot truck stop lot on 93rd Avenue revealed that a no-contact order between the two had been violated.

Last Sun., April 18, at 11:54 a.m., Tumwater police were asked to provide a welfare check on a red PT Cruiser parked near the McDonalds at the Pilot truck stop, with a male and female passed out in the back seat.

The 911 caller said that both had appeared to shoot up heroin.

Officers advised that the male, later identified as Michael Carnahan, had a blue rubber band around his arm. Both the front and rear windows were rolled down, the keys were not in the ignition, and the vehicle was not running. It had no license plates on the front or back of the vehicle.

Carnahan had a large amount of drug paraphernalia within his immediate reach and his pants were down around his legs with a jacket covering his lap. There was a clear baggie laying on the jacket. Officers could see blood on his left arm, and numerous pieces of burnt tin foil scattered around the car.

Stuck in the front passenger seat of the car was a “loaded” syringe with brownish dark liquid and a “tuber” straw used to smoke methamphetamine. The straw was melted and lying in the front passenger seat.

When police woke Carnahan up, he immediately became verbally aggressive and argumentative with the officers. They informed him that they could already see the blue band and the blood on his arm.

The female in the backseat of the car was identified as Elizabeth Rogers, who had her pants around her legs as well, with a large shirt covering her lap. Tumwater Police asked her to pull up her pants, which she complied in doing. Rogers admitted to police that they had last used at 11:00 a.m. that day.

Tumwater Police did a records check through dispatch, which identified Rogers as a respondent to a Domestic Violence no-contact order with Carnahan issued on Feb. 2, 2021 out of the City of Olympia. It stated that she was not supposed to have contact or be within 500 feet of Carnahan, the protected person.

Rogers was arrested and booked in the Nisqually Jail. Carnahan was detained but then released from the scene without charge.


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