LORAIN — A lawyer whose license had recently been suspended for misconduct died Monday hours after she had been arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police found Heather Wilsey, 27, dead in a home in the 1000 block of West Eighth Street about 7 a.m., Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday, he said, and the cause of death is under investigation.
Wilsey’s law license was suspended Jan. 19 after the court ruled she had violated attorney rules of conduct and posed a substantial threat of serious harm to the public.
The ruling was handed down after the Lorain County Bar Association requested the emergency suspension after learning that Wilsey had twice collapsed in Lorain in December and was revived with naloxone, which is used to treat opioid overdoses.
At the time of her suspension, Wilsey and Medina County attorney Kenneth Lewis were already facing possible disciplinary sanctions for their actions June 9 when Wilsey crashed a car 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 in Elyria that night. The black man fled after crashing the car, Lewis told police in an account backed up by Wilsey.
Police later determined that that man didn’t exist.
A police report from Wilsey’s arrest on Sunday indicates that Wilsey may have been under the influence of narcotics when she crashed a car into the back of a building at 530 Broadway in Lorain just before 9 p.m.
When police arrived at the crash, they found an unresponsive Wilsey in the front seat with no seat belt on and her breathing was shallow, according to the report.
Police said Wilsey was taken to Mercy Hospital on Sunday evening and refused to submit to sobriety tests.
Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said police are waiting on the coroner’s results for a cause of death.
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