A teen girl was arrested after police say she overdosed and crashed her vehicle on I-76 in Gloucester City, Camden County while a child was inside.
The 17-year-old girl crashed her car into the center concrete barrier on I-76 near the ramp to 295 North shortly before 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Police say both the teen and her passenger, 19-year-old Richard Vanhise, had overdosed. A 5-year-old child was also inside the vehicle but was not injured.
The teen and Vanhise were both unconscious when police arrived and had to be revived with Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of opioids, investigators said. They did not sustain any injuries related to the crash however. They were taken to the Cooper Medical Center and later released.
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The teen girl was charged with driving under the influence while Vanhise was charged with possession of drugs without a prescription. Additional charges could come but the investigation is ongoing.
Police have not yet revealed the suspects' relationship with the child who was in the car.
New Jersey saw a 22 percent increase in deadly drug overdoses between 2014 and 2015 and a 30 percent increase in heroin deaths between 2015 and 2016, according to the Christie administration. Earlier this year, Governor Christie signed an executive order declaring opioid drug use a public health crisis and establishing a drug task force.