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Attorney's license suspended after reports of overdoses

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    Heather Wilsey



ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court suspended the law license of Elyria attorney Heather Wilsey on Thursday after a series of incidents that led Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to conclude Wilsey had violated the rules of conduct for attorneys and “poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public.”

The Lorain County Bar Association requested the emergency suspension earlier this month after learning that Wilsey had twice collapsed in Lorain and was revived with naloxone, which is used to treat opioid overdoses.

Wilsey’s attorney, Mike Kinlin, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday, but has previously said Wilsey suffers from an unspecified medical condition that caused her to have a seizure in November 2014.

Kinlin has argued that collapse was similar to the medical events Wilsey had Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Lorain police reported that Wilsey was given three doses of naloxone the first time she collapsed and received the anti-overdose drug again the next day.

Naloxone wasn’t used in the November 2014 incident and Wilsey recovered, Kinlin wrote in court documents filed last week arguing against the suspension.

Wilsey and Medina County attorney Kenneth Lewis already are facing possible disciplinary sanctions for their actions June 9, when Wilsey crashed the Acura she was driving into a utility pole at East Avenue and Fourth Street in Elyria.

Police reported that when officers arrived Wilsey and Lewis, who are both white, were walking away from the scene and that Lewis blamed the crash on a black man the couple had met at the Train Station Bar that night. The black man, who police later determined didn’t actually exist, fled after crashing the car, Lewis told police in an account backed up by Wilsey.

Officers pulled surveillance footage from the bar that showed Wilsey and Lewis leaving the bar alone and Wilsey getting into the driver’s seat of the Acura and driving away.

Wilsey pleaded no contest in November to failure to maintain physical control and obstructing official business in that case, while Lewis entered a no contest plea to obstructing official business in October. He has also pleaded out in a September DUI case in Brunswick Hills after he and Wilsey were caught having sexual relations in a parked car.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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