Fairhaven Police responded to a call regarding a motor vehicle operating erratically in the area of Howland Road just after 8:00 on Tuesday morning, 5/24. The reporting party informed police dispatch that the vehicle, which was traveling toward New Bedford, struck the curb numerous times. The vehicle was eventually found and stopped on Coggeshall Street near Market Basket by a New Bedford Police Officer who was working a detail in that area.
Fairhaven Police responded to the scene where they found a female party in the driver’s seat with her left foot hanging out the window. She was obviously impaired and admitted to using suboxone. An ambulance was requested to respond to the scene, because police were concerned she may have been overdosing. While in the ambulance, the female admitted to paramedics she had been in the process of injecting heroin while she was driving.
Police discovered an uncapped syringe inside her purse that was loaded with a reddish tinted, colored liquid that appeared to be heroin.
Police also discovered drug paraphernalia and assorted pills inside the vehicle. A male passenger was arrested and taken into custody for outstanding warrants. Both passenger side tires and rims sustained extensive damage that was indicative of a curb strike.
The male party, identified as 42 year old Michael Tierney of 748 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, was arrested and transported to Third District Court after being booked at the Fairhaven Police Station. The female party was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital and will be charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
Earlier that same morning, just after 4, Fairhaven Police responded to the Seaport Inn on Middle Street for an apparent drug overdose. In that case, a 31-year-old Plymouth man was found unresponsive.
Fairhaven Fire Department Paramedics administered Narcan to the man and managed to revive him. He was then transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for further medical treatment.
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