Man being treated at ER arrested after allegedly stealing drugs from crash carts

A man being treated at Jefferson Regional Medical Center was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke the seals on two crash carts and took drugs and other items from the carts.

Phillip Livingston, 25, allegedly had the items in his pocket in an exam room at the emergency room when a doctor’s assistant saw them, Detective Jerry Lambert said in court testimony Friday.

Questioned By Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer, Lambert said the medications that Livingston allegedly had in his possession were used in life-threatening situations and when the seals on the carts were broken, they could not be used because of possible contamination.

The value of the medications, which were Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, was listed at $1,107.

Lambert said when Livingston was questioned, he allegedly said he had taken the items, but said he was “just holding them and was going to give them to the doctor.”

In his testimony, Lambert did not say why Livingston was in the hospital or why he was being treated.

Gieringer said Livingston had no prior felony convictions but had misdemeanor warrants from Faulkner and Garland counties.

At her request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Livingston after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property and possession of a controlled substance.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Livingston.