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Police investigate driver impaired by opioids involved in crash

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver Police are investigating a morning collision on Main Street, after a police vehicle was hit by a suspected impaired driver.

At around 5:30 am, a marked police vehicle was stopped facing North on Main Street at East Hastings, when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The officer got out of her patrol car and approached the truck. She thought he might be impaired and asked him to get out of the car, where she later handcuffed him.

Just after being handcuffed, the driver started to lose consciousness and was put on the ground. Another officer began to perform CPR on the driver, while a third officer asked someone nearby for and from a nearby support worker who provided naloxone kits. The driver was given three doses of naloxone, while a second man overdosing in the passenger seat of the truck was given two doses. The passenger regained consciousness, but the driver needed a fourth dose from paramedics.

Both men declined further treatment from paramedics and refused to go to the hospital. The passenger moved along, while the driver stayed with police, as he was now the subject of an impaired driving investigation. Minutes later, he began to experience chest pains, and was rushed to hospital by paramedics.

The driver, a twenty-four-year-old man from Maple Ridge, is facing charges for the impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited, in addition to receiving a thirty-day vehicle impoundment.