Three Massachusetts police officers were hospitalized after being exposed to a white, powdery substance that turned out to be meth during a traffic stop.
Police say two officers became light-headed and dizzy after they were exposed Thursday night in Spencer, and a third was hospitalized as a precaution. The driver of the car was also treated. All are expected to be OK.
Tier 1 haz mat declared— Spencer Fire (@SpencerFire1) March 15, 2019
Haz mat Spencer Police for an unknown substance. Multiple police officers transported with ill effects.— Spencer Fire (@SpencerFire1) March 15, 2019
Authorities say the traffic stop was treated as a hazmat situation. The white substance was later identified as methamphetamine hydrochloride.
As a result of a motor vehicle stop A white powdery substance was discovered inside the suspect vehicle. After exposer 2 Officers became light headed and dizzy a 3rd was also transported to a local hospital as a precaution. A level 1 hazmat was declared for car cruisers and PD— Spencer Police (@SpencerMAPolice) March 15, 2019
The officers' clothing, gear, the police station, the cruisers, and the suspect's car have been cleaned and cleared.
This incident is still under investigation and police anticipate bringing charges.
No names were released.
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