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CCSO Deputies Exposed To An Unknown Substance During A Confrontation With A Suspect

Coconino County Sheriff

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Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies were exposed to an unknown substance consistent with fentanyl during a traffic stop Monday afternoon near Flagstaff. Officials say deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle at around 3:22 p.m. that was traveling north on Hutton Ranch Road from Townsend Winona Road. The vehicle wouldn’t stop so the pursuit went into the Coconino National Forest. The driver of the vehicle was known to the deputies to have a valid felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation. The pursuit lasted around ten minutes, when the suspect vehicle became stuck in the cinders. Once the vehicle became stuck, three people inside were taken into custody without further incident. While taking the suspects into custody, deputies noticed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputies began to feel sick and experienced symptoms consistent with Fentanyl ingestion. The deputies were administered Narcan immediately after experiencing the symptoms. This seemed to mitigate the symptoms and they were later transported to Flagstaff Medical Center as a precautionary measure. They were released a short time later. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 26-year-old Jose Chavarria of Flagstaff. He has been booked into the Coconino County Jail on the parole violation, along with several other charges. The incident remains under investigation.