Increase in drugged drivers on Connecticut’s roads

(WTNH)–Officer Scott Plourde is a drug recognition expert for the Manchester Police Department. He’s one of 20 state wide, with another 10 graduating this month, because with the heroin epidemic comes an increase in drug driving.

“Impairment is a big problem, it is not necessarily marijuana, we are finding a big increase in heroin overdose is while driving as well as prescription drugs also,” Plourde said.

Justin Talarski of Middletown witnessed a drugged driver on his way into work Friday morning.

“The car in front of me starts bouncing off the guard rail one side than the other,” Talarski said. “So I pulled over and she was just kind of grinding down the Jersey barrier.”

At first, he says he thought the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel, but when he approached the car, he recognized the signs of a herion overdose. So, Talarski ran to retrieve a Narcan kit from his car.

“There were heroin bags between her legs, if you didn’t know what that looks like you obviously wouldn’t know,” he said. “But her lips were blue, her face was blue and she had track marks up and down her arms. Some people were like, ‘Don’t touch her, don’t give it to her, wait until the paramedics show up,’ but if we had waited for them to show up, she probably wouldn’t have made it. I mean, honestly, when we got the car door open she was not breathing.”

Justin says he has been in contact with the driver and she is recovering and doing well.

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