Man with 4-year-old son unconscious from apparent overdose in district justice’s lobby

brandonreaLancaster County, PA (WPMT) — On Friday, morning at about 11:45 a.m, Ephrata Police responded to 609 E. Main Street to Magisterial District Judge Tony Russell’s office for a report of a male in the lobby who appeared to have possibly overdosed. When police arrived on the scene they encountered 23-year-old Brandon Rea, of Ephrata unresponsive in the lobby of the district justice office.

Rea was accompanied by his 4-year-old son. Rea became coherent shortly after Ephrata Police arrived. Police determined that Rea had intentionally inhaled a noxious gas multiple times while directly outside the office and in the lobby. Police also found Rea to be in possession of an aerosol can.

Rea was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and other counts related to the use of noxious gases. He was taken to Lancaster County Prison based on a detainer being issued for violation of probation.

By Howard Sheppard