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Lake County Sheriff’s deputies revived a 54-year-old Waukegan man with Naloxone on July 25 after responding to a report of a reckless driver and finding the man unconscious in the front seat of his Dodge Charger.

Deputies responded at 1:20 a.m. to the area of Route 41 and Stearns School Road in Gurnee after a witness following the Dodge Charger traveling north on Route 41 said the driver of the Dodge was unable to stay in his lane, a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department stated.

On several occasions, the driver struck the concrete median dividing the northbound and southbound lanes. The tires on the Dodge became badly damaged, but the driver continued driving north on the rims of the vehicle.

The driver struck a vehicle in the area of Route 41 and Wadsworth Road, the news release stated.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Plichta and J.R. Halek found the Dodge on Route 41 about 1 mile south of Route 173 in Newport Township. 

The driver of the Dodge was unresponsive inside the vehicle, and the deputies moved the vehicle into park.

Plichta and Halek determined the driver was likely suffering an opioid overdose and administered three doses of Naloxone. After receiving the doses, the man regained consciousness and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Upon his release from the hospital, the man will be charged with driving under the influence and other traffic-related offenses, according to the news release.

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