PIQUA — A crash resulting from a reported drug overdose caused the southbound lane of Interstate 75 to shut down north of Piqua at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).
That lane reopened shortly after 10 a.m., after the vehicle causing issues was moved to the shoulder of the highway.
The crash reportedly involved a single-vehicle accident in which the at-fault driver went off the right side of the highway and struck a guardrail after suffering a suspected overdose. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle drifted across the highway and blocked both lanes of traffic traveling south on I-75.
Troopers administered three doses of Narcan to the driver of the vehicle, according to the OSHP. The driver was then transported to the Upper Valley Medical Center after the incident and was released later that afternoon.
The driver was identified as Joseph Lucas, 29, of Sidney. Lucas is expected to be charged with OVI, failure to control vehicle and drug possession in Miami County.
This incident comes two days after a reported overdose was the cause of a wreck on northbound I-75 in Miami County’s Concord Township, Monday morning. Multiple callers reported an erratic driver stopping in the roadway and eventually striking the cable barrier. There were no injuries reported in that incident.
Other civilians who witness erratic driving on the interstate can call 9-1-1 or #6-7-7 to report the reckless behavior.
Reach the writer at 937-451-3336.