Metro-East News

East Alton man found on I-270 revived from suspected heroin overdose

State troopers and paramedics were able to revive a man apparently overdosing on heroin Monday night after they found him unresponsive in his car stopped in traffic in Madison County.

According to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr., motorists first reported seeing a 2014 Nissan Altima stopped in the right lane of eastbound Interstate 270 just over the Illinois State Line on the Mississippi River bridge.

Responding troopers arrived at 9:11 p.m. to find the driver, who Dye said was later identified as a 28-year-old East Alton man, unconscious and unresponsive in the driver seat. The doors to the car were locked.

After summoning an ambulance to the scene, the troopers smashed one of the car’s windows to access the man. Suspected heroin was found in the car. The troopers administered one dose of naloxone, but the man did not react.

Upon arriving to the scene, paramedics administered a second dose of naloxone, which successfully revived the man.

Dye said the man was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover. He said charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence are pending.