LAKE STATION — Police used an opiate-neutralizing drug Sunday morning to revive a man who was found unresponsive and not breathing behind the wheel of a vehicle after apparently driving into a commercial building at 925 Central Ave.
The driver, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital and faces a criminal charge of possessing a hypodermic syringe, Lake Station Police Chief Dave Johnson said.
The driver was also issued multiple citations.
Police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. in response to the white Chevrolet Blazer crashing into the building and the driver being found slumped over the steering wheel, Johnson said.
Officers arrived to find the vehicle with front-end damage facing east on the south side of Central Avenue with the unrestrained driver slumped over, police said. The concrete west wall of the commercial building was heavily damaged.
Officers moved the unresponsive driver to the ground and began administering CPR after discovering him without a pulse and not breathing, Johnson said.
The man began breathing and regained a pulse a minute later, but was still unresponsive, according to police.
Lake Station medics arrived on scene and administered a dose of Narcan, at which time the man regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital, Johnson said.
Naloxone, branded as Narcan, quickly neutralizes the effects of heroin and other opioids, police have said.