Pregnant suspect has seizure in transit to county jail


Rebecca Casias, a pregnant suspect who was arrested on an outstanding warrant last week by officers from the Taos Police Department, was in transit to Holy Cross Hospital Saturday evening (July 16) for a routine medical clearance when she had a seizure in the back of the patrol car.

The escorting officers stopped and helped Casias out of the vehicle near the intersection of Gusdorf Road and Cruz Alta Road around 8:30 p.m. Casias appeared to be convulsing, police said. A nearby resident said they could see the suspect shaking on the ground as an officer attempted to calm her. The officer contacted a medical unit to pick up the suspect and called on support from other officers.

Casias was born in 1988 and has been in and out of the Taos County Court system for various charges since about 2007, according to court records. Charges levied against the suspect have included traffic charges and felony drug charges. Court records indicate the suspect had most recently been charged with one count of larceny for allegedly stealing over $250, but less than $500 in cash or property, a misdemeanor. She had been arrested earlier in the day and was in transit to the hospital for the clearance before she was to be incarcerated.

An ambulance and two other patrol cars arrived on the scene at dusk, minutes after the call went out, blocking the south end of the intersection. A medic assessed the woman and loaded her onto a gurney and into the ambulance for transport.

A seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain and usually comes on without warning. Seizures can happen only once or habitually, sometimes indicating epilepsy, a nuerological disorder marked by recurring episodes. The causes of seizures can be many - including head injuries, low blood sugar and drug or alcohol withdrawal.

The consequences of such an episode can be severe under some circumstances, said Joaquin Gonzalez, director of Taos County Emergency Services. "It depends on how far along they are," he said. "If a woman has a seizure and is full-term, it can be very dangerous. A lot of things can go wrong."

An update on Casias' condition was not available as of press time.