Police: Unconscious driver on I-43 overdosed on heroin

Narcan used to revive driver
Posted at 11:47 AM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 16:35:22-04

Authorities say a driver found unconscious in his car on I-43 Thursday had overdosed on heroin.

Emergencies crews were sent to the scene in the northbound lanes at Bender Road at around 5:44 p.m.

When North Shore Fire Department crews arrived, the 51-year-old male driver was unconscious and not breathing. A Good Samaritan on scene attempted CRP, and the man awoke.

The passenger told paramedics that the driver had used a “bump” of heroin before getting on the highway. 

There was no crash at the scene because the passenger was able to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road from the passenger seat. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical care. 

Investigators say the driver will be charged for the fifth time with DUI involving drugs, a felony punishable by up to six years in jail.  He also faces felony bail jumping charges for a prior DUI arrest in Beaver Dam. 

The driver’s prior DUI charges date back to 1996 in Arizona, with subsequent arrests occurring in Illinois and South Dakota.