By Kathy Antoniotti

Beacon Journal staff writer

CANTON: A state trooper and a nursing student are credited with saving the life of a man in a fast-food drive-through lane Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old Apple Creek man stopped breathing shortly before 9 p.m. while in line at Burger King. His passenger, a 19-year-old Beach City man, ran into a nearby intersection shouting for help.

State trooper M.B. Claxton was assisting the Ohio Department of Transportation with traffic control at Raff Road and Southway Street when he heard the calls for help.

The patrol said the friend told the trooper that Claxton might have overdosed on opiates.

When the trooper arrived at the car, he found the victim unresponsive. A nursing student, DeAnna Patterson, who had stopped at Burger King, also rushed over to help.

The patrol said the driver had stopped breathing so Patterson pulled the man from the vehicle and began chest compressions as the trooper provided rescue breaths. After about three minutes, the man began to breathe on his own.

He was transported to Aultman Hospital. His condition was not released.