Eastlake Police: Driver overdosed on heroin before crash

12:04 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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EASTLAKE -- At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, police say there was a hit-skip accident involving a vehicle and a utility pole at the corner of Glen and state Route 91.

Police say the driver and two passengers drove off, then got out of the vehicle and tried to run away.

Police say the driver, 23, of Mentor, was located unconscious near a front porch of a home on Glen and later taken to Lake West Hospital.

The two other men, 26 and 29 from Mentor and Lakeline, were located and taken into custody without incident.

Through the investigation, statements and witnesses, police say it was learned the driver was under the influence of heroin and overdosed.

One passenger in the vehicle threw syringes and other evidence down a sewer drain upon fleeing the vehicle that were later recovered by officers.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug instruments and traffic citations.

Both passenegrs were charged with drug abuse instruments, and the 26-year-old also faces a felony charge of tampering with evidence.

Possession of heroin charges for all three are pending Lake County Crime Lab results.


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