Chester residents overdose in moving car

STEUBENVILLE — Two Chester residents were taken Monday afternoon to Trinity Medical Center West after they overdosed in a moving car along state Route 7, near the U.S. 22 merger, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy said the male driver was swerving on road and was able to pull off to the side but still was in traffic. The man and woman inside were passed out when the deputy arrived. Another woman who saw the vehicle swerving got out of her vehicle and put the vehicle, with the people who overdosed, in park, the deputy said.

The deputy used Narcan to revive the female. He said he also administered Narcan to the male driver but the man didn’t regain consciousness. He said an emergency medical squad also administered Narcan several more times to the male before the man and woman were taken to Trinity Medical Center West.

Under a new Ohio law, people can’t be charged just for overdosing. Law enforcement must give at least two warnings before the drug offender can be charged. The male and female were released from the hospital and allowed to return home, a deputy said.

Charges against the driver are pending, the sheriff’s department reported.