Report: Woman drove dead boyfriend to gas station, called police
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WJAC) —
Police said four people are facing charges after they said a man overdosed in a car, was moved to a house, moved back to the car and driven to a gas station.
The criminal complaint said Jada Ferguson was traveling with her boyfriend, Michael Vivian, and Chelsea Mehalick to Williamsport to buy heroin.
According to court documents, on the way back on I-80 near Snow Shoe, Michael Vivian became unresponsive in the car and appeared to be dead.
Police said Ferguson didn’t want to call for help because she and Vivian had criminal records, so instead, they went to a house in Snow Shoe, and met a man named Troy Decker, who police said helped drag Vivian's body into the house, where they tried to revive him with CPR.
Police said that, when that didn’t work, Decker helped them put Vivian’s body back in the car.
Police said Ferguson then decided to go to a gas station with the dead body in the car, planning on telling police she had picked up an unknown hitchhiker who suddenly died in her car.
She called police, believing she wouldn’t get in trouble because of the state's new Good Samaritan Law.
Police and medics said they quickly determined her story wasn’t true, and that Michael Vivian had died earlier in the day.
Police said Jada Ferguson later said, “It’s my fault. I bought the drugs. I killed him.”
Ferguson and the drug dealer, Savoy Jennings, are both jailed on $100,000 bail, facing charges of drug delivery resulting in death.
Decker is facing charges of abuse of a corpse.
Mehalick, who cooperated with police, is only facing misdemeanor charges and has not been jailed.
All four are due in court for a preliminary hearing later this month.