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Heroin overdoses cause three car crashes in North Carolina city in a week

January 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Heroin overdoses cause three car crashes in North Carolina city in a week

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Authorities in one North Carolina city say motorists suffering from heroin overdoses got into three vehicle crashes in the past week alone.

Capt. Michael Kirk of the High Point Police Department told media outlets no one was seriously injured in the accidents. However, two of the vehicles had children in the back seat.

The police official said at the scene of one crash that cops found two people in one wrecked car passed out both from apparent heroin overdoses in the front seat with two children in the back, who luckily escaped unscathed.

Kirk said officers discovered Justin Earl Faw and Leigh Ann Snipes on Tuesday, unresponsive after their vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer.

Pictured: Leigh Ann Snipes (left) Justin Earl Faw (center) and David Presnell II (right)

Police charged both adults with misdemeanor child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Snipes, who was behind the wheel, is facing additional charges including driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license, child restraint, and a safe movement violation, CBS North Carolina reported.

Officials said Child Services have placed the children in the care of a family member.

Police said the day before David Presnell II, 23, suffered a heroin overdose while he was behind the wheel causing his 2005 Saturn with his toddler child in the back seat to crash.

His 14-month old son was taken to a local hospital for observation as a precaution.

According to Kirk, the city of High Point has struggled to cope with a spiraling heroin problem, which saw cases of overdose double in 2016 from the prior year.

Police said the auto wrecks have occurred when people leave their homes to get their heroin fix and then attempt to drive back under the influence of the drug.

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