Vancouver police say they believe they’ve arrested a driver impaired by opioids after the man crashed into an occupied police car this morning.
In a release issued this afternoon, police say it happened around 5:30 a.m. at Main and Hastings, when the police cruiser was rear-ended by a pickup truck.
After speaking with the driver, an officer put him in cuffs under suspicion of impairment – moments later he lost consciousness.
While one officer performed CPR, another was able to get Naloxone from a nearby support worker.
It took four doses of naloxone to stabilize the man, while a passenger in the truck, also overdosing, required two doses.
Police say both men declined further treatment.
The passenger was released and left the scene, while the driver, a 24-year-old man from Maple Ridge, remains under arrest and facing charges of impaired driving and driving while prohibited.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that police have dealt with a driver behind the wheel overdosing.
Police continue to investigate the first incident back on January 11, and may apply for a search warrant related to the case.