Milton Twp. officer treated for possible drug exposure during traffic stop

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A Milton Township police officer was treated at a local hospital after she was exposed to suspected drugs

MILTON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A Milton Township police officer was treated at a local hospital after she was exposed to suspected drugs.

The incident happened just after 12 a.m. Tuesday on Mahoning Avenue, near Grandview Avenue.

Police say officers pulled over Jayme Valentine, 40, for speeding.

During the investigation, the officer discovered the vehicle was reported stolen. Police also laid out a large collection of suspected drugs, cash and weapons, which they reported were found in the vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, Valentine and two passengers, the Milton Township officer was exposed to a white powdery substance and was taken to the hospital to get checked out.

“They took all of the subjects out of the car — one by one — and padded ’em down real quick. When they started looking in the car, my officers said that she felt a tingling sensation and collapsed,” said police Chief Chuck VanDyke.

Valentine and 30-year-old Annie Smoot, both of Canton, were booked into the Mahoning County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property, inducing panic, drug possession and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Valentine was arraigned Wednesday in district court in Austintown, where bond was set at $20,000.

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