Police: Man inhaled gas at judge’s office while accompanied by son

(Ephrata Police Department)

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – A man is charged with child endangerment in Lancaster County following an incident Friday at a judge’s office.

Ephrata police were called shortly before noon to Magisterial District Judge Tony Russell’s office in Ephrata to investigate a possible overdose.

Officers arrived to find 23-year-old Ephrata resident Brandon Rea unresponsive in the lobby. He had his 4-year-old son with him at the time.

Police determined Rea intentionally inhaled a noxious gas outside the office and in the lobby. He was also in possession of an aerosol can, police said.

Rea was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and other counts related to using noxious gases. He was taken to Lancaster County Prison based on a detainer issued for violating probation.

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