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A police officer nearly died and was left unable to breathe after she was exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop.
Shocking video shows Tavares officer Courtney Bannick lying motionless on the side of a road and drifting in and out of consciousness.
The on-duty officer was handling narcotics when she pulled over a car on Tuesday and found a passenger with narcotics rolled up in a dollar bill.
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Footage shared to media outlets shows Bannick choking and struggling to breathe over the radio.
The wide-eyed officer lay down on the ground while her colleagues can be heard reporting: "4701, she's ODing."
They administered a dose of Narcan up Bannick's nose, hoping to clear up the opioid receptors on the brain and undo the effects of the drug.
While waiting for the ambulance, Bannick leaned on an officer's leg, her face went blank suddenly and she stopped moving.
"Breathe," one police officer said as the other one lightly slapped her face to wake her up.
"She's not breathing, Ronnie, hit her again."
Courtney Sullivan, a fellow officer, told FOX35 Orlando: "She was completely lifeless, she looked deceased in these videos.
"So she is very thankful today.
"If the other officers weren’t there, there’s a very high chance and probability that today would be different and that we would be wearing our thin blue line – the straps that go over our badges.
Officers believed Bannick may have been exposed due to the wind blowing the drugs into her system.
"I have done this 100 times before the same way," Bannick said while recovering.
"It only takes one time and a minimal amount. I’m thankful I wasn’t alone and had immediate help."
The individuals who were pulled over by the officers and allegedly had the drugs in their possession are facing possible felony charges.
Their names have not been released because they haven’t been charged yet, the department said.
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