SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews responded to a Summerville neighborhood after a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy had a reaction to an unknown substance.
It happened in the area of the Irongate neighborhood off of Old Trolley Road and Savannah Round.
CCSO officials say the deputy had activated her AC in her car and was exposed to a substance that they believe was confiscated in an earlier investigation.
According to a report, just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the deputy was heading to work when she had a reaction to an unknown irritant emitting from the inside of her patrol vehicle.
"The deputy experienced dizziness from the irritant," CCSO officials said."She stopped her patrol vehicle on Savannah Round and notified other personnel."
An ambulance then arrived and transported the deputy to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
"The deputy does not have life-threatening conditions and is alert and talking," CCSO officials said."The patrol vehicle was towed to a secure location to be sanitized."
According to the sheriff's office, a few days ago, the same deputy seized an unknown powder substance from a subject during a traffic stop.
Authorities say the powder substance was contained within rolled-up currency.
"The deputy, while inside her patrol car, received an irritant-type reaction similar to today's reaction," the sheriff's office said."The patrol vehicle was cleaned after the first exposure."
The sheriff's office says today the deputy activated the vehicle's air conditioning and immediately felt the irritant.
According to a report, the substance was contained within the vehicle and at no time was it released into the environment.
"There was no reaction to other first responders that assisted the deputy," CCSO officials reported."At this time there is no concern of public or environmental contamination. Deputies are awaiting results of the laboratory exam on the substance seized during the initial exposure."
Residents and motorists reported multiple law enforcement units, as well as EMS and fire crews responding to the scene.