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      Paramedic arrested for trying to illegally obtain narcotics

      Robert Allen Brazell, 42

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- Columbia Police report a local paramedic is charged with stealing a controlled narcotic prescription medication.

      Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said Robert Allen Brazell, 42, is accused of taking Ativan, a prescription tranquilizer.

      According to Columbia Police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons, Brazell asked a woman shopper in the parking lot and asked her to pick up an Ativan prescription in someone else's name.

      The woman will not be charged with a crime since she is considered a victim.

      At the time the incident occurred, Brazell was working for Vital Care Emergency Services as a paramedic.

      Brazell was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center.

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