Driver suffers apparent overdose before head-on crash

The Portsmouth Police Department say a driver was suffering an apparent overdose when he crashed head-on into another car was charged with DUI.

The Portsmouth Police Department said Tuesday a driver who suffered an apparent heroin overdose before crashing into another car is facing multiple charges.

Authorities said first responders provided 38-year-old Michael Lima two doses of the Naloxone after the crash, which occurred on responded to East Main Road Monday around 4 p.m.

"He probably would have lost his life if these firefighters didn't administer Narcan -- very likely would have," Chief Thomas Lee told NBC 10 News.

Police said Lima’s green Cadillac veered into the north bound lane and struck a white Chevrolet head-on.

While Lima was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment, police said the driver of the other Chevy, an unidentified 53-year-old woman, was not harmed.

"They're both lucky to be alive," Lee said.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and a portion of the street was temporarily closed as authorities cleared the scene.

Lima was charged with driving under the influence, as well as other traffic violations.

Lima will be arraigned in Newport District Court on Thursday at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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