'Good Samaritan' who flagged down police after 2 passengers OD'd in her car is fined $200

A Pennsylvania woman who dodged drug possession charges by summoning police when two men overdosed in her car has been fined $200 for disorderly conduct.

Thirty-four-year-old Jessica Ann Sharer of Johnstown was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia when she flagged down police May 1 after the men fell unconscious from heroin.

Sharer told police the men had overdosed and put a pouch containing drugs and paraphernalia on the car's trunk for officers to see.

The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/1DHC6us ) reports that Sharer was fined Monday after pleading guilty to a summary count of disorderly conduct in February.

Somerset County prosecutors reduced the charges because of a new good Samaritan law that shields from prosecution those who help overdose victims.

Defense attorney Daniel Lovette III says, "She probably saved their lives."


Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com