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Police save suspected overdose victim following collision

By Adam Riley Jan 4, 2024 | 9:13 AM

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Two officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service are being credited with reacting quickly to save the life of a man, suspected of overdosing, after colliding with a parked vehicle.

Police were called to a suspected impaired driving incident at the intersection of  Brunswick Street North and Waterloo Street North just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday following reports of a motor vehicle collision.

Once on scene officers discovered vehicle had struck another parked vehicle, with the unresponsive driver slumped over the steering wheel, while still running and in gear.

He was removed from the vehicle and life-saving measures performed on scene were successful, before he was taken to hospital by paramedics for treatment.

A follow up search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of paraphernalia consistent with drug use.

The driver, a 30 year old Thunder Bay man, has been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and has since been released from custody.