Emergency personnel found a man passed out with needles on the floor of a Joplin ambulance over the weekend.
Joplin Police Department Public Information Officer Matt Stewart says Patrick Dillard, 33 of Joplin, entered an older METS ambulance on Saturday at around 9 a.m.
Stewart says Dillard entered through the back of the unlocked ambulance, broke into the locked narcotics bin inside the ambulance, then injected himself with fentanyl and rocuronium. - Fentanyl is typically used as a pre-procedure pain reliever and as an anesthetic. Rocuronium is typically used to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery.
Dillard was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He has been charged with first degree vehicle tampering and felony stealing.