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.