Overdose suspect in I-75 crash given summons to appear in court

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

Troopers are investigating after a driver overdosed on heroin while driving on Interstate 75 near Piqua. The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells NewsCenter 7's Steve Baker what you should do if you see an erratic driver.

UPDATE @ 2:34 p.m.

The driver in this crash has been identified as Joseph Lucas, 29, of Sidney. He was issued a summons to appear in court on charges of OVI; failure to control; driving under suspension; and drug possession. 

Lucas reportedly admitted to using drugs, to the Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers. He was given four doses of Narcan to wake up.

Lucas was treated and released at Upper Valley Medical Center. 

UPDATE @ 12 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post received a 9-1-1 call from a southbound I-75 motorist reporting there was an erratic driver traveling all over the lanes.

When troopers got to the area, the erratic driver had already crashed into a guardrail.

Troopers used multiple doses to revive the driver, who admitted to using drugs, according to the patrol.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

I-75 South is back open north of Piqua after a driver suffered an overdose and crashed.

It was not a fatal overdose, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post.

It was a single-vehicle crash. The driver was revived with Narcan and transported to the Upper Valley Medical Center.

The investigating trooper went to the hospital for further investigation.

This was at least the second overdose-related crash that impacted traffic on I-75 in Miami County.

On Monday, northbound traffic was slowed after a driver overdosed on heroin and crashed into the median retention wires.

RELATED: Driver overdosed on heroin, crashed on I-75 N near Piqua

EARLIER

I-75 South is closed north of Piqua after a crash which was the result of an overdose, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post. 

All southbound lanes closed after the crash, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. 

At 9:30 a.m., a tow truck was on scene and troopers were working to open one lane up to traffic.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

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1 sent to hospital after Miamisburg house fire

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:10 PM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital tonight after a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

The victim’s condition was unknown.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

SB I-75 back open after semi, 2-car crash in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.

FIRST REPORT

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

OVI checkpoint underway in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

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UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m. (Oct. 20):

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

INITIAL REPORT:

A sobriety checkpoint in Dayton is planned for this weekend. 

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. The location will be revealed this week. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends, according to task force officials.

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Girl climbs out from under pickup unscathed after her bike is hit

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

North main in New Carlisle child struck

UPDATE @ 5:40 p.m.

A girl and her bicycle landed underneath a pickup truck after she was hit by the vehicle.

The girl was able to climb out from underneath the Chevrolet Avalanche unscathed, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

The driver was headed south on North Main Main Street and tried to avoid the girl who rode into traffic, the trooper said.

FIRST REPORT

A child riding a bicycle was hit by a car late this afternoon in New Carlisle.

The incident was reported around 5 p.m. in the 400 block of North Main Street.

The severity of the child’s injuries is unknown.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.