Indiana County pair charged in overdose case
An Indiana County man who police said gave so many prescription drugs to a friend during a fishing outing that the friend overdosed faces criminal charges.
Daniel Thomas McCall Sr., 53, of Commodore, faces four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of reckless endangerment for giving the drugs to Courtney G. Deyarmin, 25, of Cherry Tree, on Aug. 5.
An alleged accomplice, Joshua Saul Bougher, 26, of Commodore, has been charged with reckless endangerment for failing to seek medical attention for Deyarmin after he fell into a coma.
On the day of the incident, Bougher and Deyarmin picked up McCall and drove him to a pharmacy because McCall said he had to get arthritis medication, Bougher told police.
After returning to the car, McCall gave both Bougher and Deyarmin several Percocet tablets as they drove to Yellow Creek State Park to fish for the afternoon, Bougher said.
Bougher said McCall gave Deyarmin at least five more Percocet pills and just as many Valium tablets during the several hours they were at the park, located about 10 miles east of Indiana.
After they left the park, McCall gave a morphine patch to Deyarmin, who cut it up and began chewing on the pieces before passing out, Bougher said.
Bougher told police he expressed concern about Deyarmin but McCall said he had seen Deyarmin in that condition before and that he would be all right.
Bougher said after dropping off McCall, he began to panic and took Deyarmin to the apartment of his ex-girlfriend, Bobbi Jo Receskey of Commodore.
Receskey told police Deyarmin was unconscious when Bougher carried him into her apartment and Bougher protested when she wanted to call an ambulance. Receskey said Bougher told her Deyarmin had been in that condition for several hours but that he would be all right.
Receskey said after Bougher left, she noticed Deyarmin stopped breathing and called an ambulance.
Trooper Jacob Andolina, who is investigating the case, said Deyarmin's mother, Linda, told him Wednesday her son remains unconscious and on a life-support system at Indiana Regional Medical Center. "All I can say at this time is that he's in extreme critical condition," Andolina said.
He said a warrant has been issued for McCall's arrest. Bougher received a summons from the office of District Justice George Thachik of Clymer ordering him to appear for a preliminary hearing Sept. 26.