Driver OD's on heroin, nearly crashes into WRJ business

Police use naloxone and CPR to save Canaan, NH man

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A driver who stopped breathing during an apparent heroin overdose was saved by Hartford police officers just before 7 p.m. Friday evening after he crashed into a snowbank beneath the Ryder rent-a-truck company sign in White River Junction.

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    Hartford Officers Eric Clifford and Mitch Cable were dispatched to a report of an erratic driver who witnesses said blew through the red light next to the McDonalds restaurant in White River Junction and then proceeded to narrowly miss colliding with the Ryder trucking building on the opposite side of Route 5.

    The police arrived to find a red pickup truck with New Hampshire plates broadside across the entranceway to the business and a 37-year-old Canaan resident slumped behind the wheel.

    The officers dosed the victim with the opiate antagonist Narcan and then started CPR while a Hartford Ambulance crew raced to the scene from nearby Hartford Fire Station One to assist them, Hartford Police Sgt. Jason Pedro recounted.

    Sgt. Pedro said the victim had resumed breathing on his own by the time he was transported to the hospital and added that police have seized his pickup truck and are planning to apply for a search warrant to go through it as part of their investigation.   The sergeant said that criminal charges are likely to be forthcoming against the driver once that police investigation is complete.

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