Charges filed against ODing driver saved by EMS crew PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:30

Charges have been filed in Scott Circuit Court against a driver found unconscious in a median on Interstate 65.

Scottsburg resident Bart Draper, 58, later reportedly told Trooper Kyle Taylor that he “…had never felt that way…” after nearly overdosing on what Draper described as “two hits” of heroin.

The incident on April 3 began around 9:45 p.m. Trp. Taylor and Sgt. John Cleveland, both with the Indiana State Police (ISP) Sellersburg post, were dispatched to check on a vehicle. The car was reported by a passing motorist to have run off the road into the interstate’s grassy median around the 27 mile marker.

When officers arrived, they found the driver, identified as Draper, apparently unconscious but still strapped into the seat. The car was still running, the probable cause affidavit stated.

After gaining access to the driver, Sgt. Cleveland attempted to revive Draper without success. Scott County EMS technicians arrived shortly afterward and gave Draper two doses of Narcan.

Narcan is a drug which neutralizes the effects of an overdose.After the treatment, Draper was loaded into the ambulance and taken to Scott Memorial Hospital for observation. Trp. Taylor followed the emergency vehicle and waited for Draper to be checked by medical personnel. After Draper was released, Trp. Taylor took him to the Scott County Security Center, where Draper was booked in.

Draper was found to have a small amount ofheroin in a pocket, the officer reported. He was also wanted on a Scott County warrant, Trp. Taylor said he learned.Draper is being held in the local jail in lieu of a $35,000/$3,500 surety bond/cash bail on charges of Level 6 felony possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance and two misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His driving license was suspended.

Draper’s initial jury trial date is June 7.