Heroin overdose leads to funeral crash in West Virginia

No one was injured in the incident. The police cruiser was damaged but can still be driven
  • A 44-year-old woman crashed into police cruiser after she overdosed on heroin 
  • Cruiser was leading a funeral procession in Huntingdon, West Virginia, Saturday
  • Woman was found unconscious and was revived with naloxone after the crash
  • She was charged with DUI and two passengers in the car were also charged 

A driver overdosed on heroin behind the wheel and crashed into a police cruiser leading a funeral procession, authorities say.

The 44-year-old woman was driving a green sedan when she ran a red light on Saturday in Huntingdon, West Virginia.

The sedan struck the cruiser driven by a reserve officer at about 3.40pm. The officer was leading a funeral procession.

The woman was found unconscious and was revived with naloxone.

A 44-year-old woman overdosed on heroin before running a red light and crashing her car into a police cruiser leading a funeral procession in Huntingdon, West Virginia, on Saturday. Pictured is the intersection where the crash happened

A 44-year-old woman overdosed on heroin before running a red light and crashing her car into a police cruiser leading a funeral procession in Huntingdon, West Virginia, on Saturday. Pictured is the intersection where the crash happened

She told police she had injected heroin before driving, according to criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli (pictured) said the woman was charged with DUI and two passengers in the car with her were also cited for misdemeanors

Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli (pictured) said the woman was charged with DUI and two passengers in the car with her were also cited for misdemeanors

Her name has not been released by police, but she is from Hurricane, West Virginia, about 30 miles east of Huntingdon. 

The woman refused medical attention and was arraigned for a misdemeanor DUI charge before being held in Western Regional Jail.

Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said two passengers in the sedan were also cited for misdemeanors,The Herald-Dispatch reported. 

One passenger was charged with permitting DUI and the other was charged with possession of intoxicating substances.

No one was injured in the incident. The police cruiser was damaged but can still be driven. 

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