Sep 11, 2015 5:30 PM
Driver overdosing while behind the wheel blamed for crash on I-95 in Hampton
HAMPTON - A Rollinsford man who overdosed while behind the wheel is blamed for a crash on Interstate 95 on Thursday, according to the state police.
Police say they had to administer Narcan to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose for both the driver, Bruce Jones, 24, of Middleton, and a passenger, Jackie Tomblin Jr., 24, of Rollinsford. Jones had been seen driving erratically before he crashed the van into a dirt pile and some construction equipment in a closed median area.
Police say the call came in around 5 p.m. when a witness saw the van drive off the left side of the road. The van ultimately traveled behind the concrete jersey barriers separating the travel lanes from a construction area on the left side of the road.
The first trooper to arrive saw the driver passed out behind the wheel but had to deal with Tomblin who was staggering around outside the vehicle. Tomblin allegedly resisted as the trooper tried to get him under control.
When members of the Hampton Fire Department arrived, they administered Narcan. Police say Tomblin because more coherent and cooperative as a result.
Narcan also was administered to Jones, who regained consciousness.
Both men were taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for evaluation.
Police say before leaving the scene, troopers found Tomblin with a substance believed to be heroin.
The left lane of I-95 northbound was closed for roughly 20 minutes, causing traffic to back up for about two miles.
While the narcotics appear to be the chief cause of the accident, police say the incident remains under investigation.
Tomblin is expected to be charged with possession of a narcotic, and Jones will be charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. Additional charges are possible.
Both men are due to appear on Oct. 1 in the 10th Circuit Court-Seabrook District.