Kings County deputies sent to hospital after making stop, finding drugs

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Gene Brady
Suspect Gene Brady

Four Kings County deputies became ill following a traffic stop on Saturday, July 22, near Laton. A Kings County Deputy Sheriff conducted the traffic stop at about 11 p.m. on Douglas Avenue near Laton.

 The driver, Gene Brady, was determined to have a warrant for his arrest. 

Also in the vehicle was Mary Vanhoek.  Officers detained Brady and began a search of his vehicle.  During the search, deputies located what they believed to be a controlled substance.  They tested the substance to determine what it was.  

Shortly after, all four deputies on scene of the traffic stop became ill and had to be transported to the Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for treatment.  At the time, deputies didn’t know what the substance contained. 

All four Deputies received medical care at Adventist Medical Center and were released a few hours later after they no longer had symptoms of exposure.  The Visalia HAZMAT Team assisted with the collection of evidence and decontamination of affected property.

Brady was arrested for his warrant and his passenger Vanhoek was released.      

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