Nurse Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Drugs from Hospital


UPDATED: Friday March 21, 2014 1:17 PM

A central Ohio nurse is facing felony drug theft charges after officers say they found vials of drugs and syringes in her vehicle.

Regina Belenkaya, 38, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court Friday morning.  Belenkaya’s attorney said his client is employed as a nurse in the operating room of Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus.

According to court documents, Belenkaya was arrested for OVI on March 18 after she was involved in a vehicle crash with a parked car. Officers said that Belenkaya was unsteady on her feet. They originally thought she had hit her head, but she told them she was taking medication for her back.

Columbus officers said they located vials of medication and syringes on the floorboard of her vehicle, in her purse and in her pocket. The labels on the drugs identified them as Diprivan, also known as Propofol, Amidate, Succinylcholine, Xyocaine.

A spokesperson with Mount Carmel told 10TV hospital management is aware of the situation and is currently working with the appropriate authorities. According to the statement - "The individual in question is employed by a third-party vendor and will no longer be practicing at Mount Carmel."

A judge set bond at $5,000. Belenkaya is due back in court March 28.

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