Officer possibly exposed to fentanyl after Newport News vehicle crash

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2022-12-15 11:42:26-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A police officer reporting to a crash suffered possible fentanyl exposure on Thursday.

The officer was responding to a single-vehicle car crash in the Sterling Street and Grayson Avenue area around 7:30 p.m.

The driver, 32-year-old driver, said that he snorted what he believed to be heroin before driving to a friend’s house and passing out behind the wheel. Reports say the driver crashed into a fence.

An officer that was on scene of the crash was exposed to a plastic bag containing a ‘powdery substance’.

The officer and the driver were transported to a local hospital due to possible fentanyl exposure. The officer was discharged after being evaluated.

Once the driver was discharged, he was charged with Possession of Schedule I or II Drugs, DWI and Reckless Driving.