Steuben Co Deputy Gets Sick From Fentanyl, After Touching It Accidentally, During An Arrest

April 19, 2021

From Sheriff Jim Allard:

DWAI Drugs and Alcohol, AUO 1st, Evidence Tampering and Reckless Endangerment Arrest

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on April 16, 2021, deputies arrested Virgil J. Louk, age 51, of Tannery Creek Road, Corning, New York, as a result of an investigation into a suspicious person in a vehicle on Victory Highway in Erwin, New York. It is alleged Mr. Louk operated a motor vehicle while in an impaired condition due to drugs. It is further alleged that Mr. Louk secreted an amount of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl on his person and exposed the arresting deputy to these suspected narcotics during transport, causing a physical reaction to the deputy. The deputy required medical treatment and was treated by Sheriff’s personnel and Bath Ambulance personnel for suspected opioid exposure. Mr. Louk was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, Driving While Ability is Impaired due to Drugs, Driving While Ability is Impaired due to Drugs and Alcohol, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class E Felony, and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D Felony. Mr. Louk was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. The Deputy recovered fully due to the alert treatment of sheriff’s EMTs and the Bath Ambulance Service.