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

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.

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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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