RIO GRANDE – A three-car crash was apparently caused by a drug overdose, police said, and a suspect faces multiple charges as a result of the pileup.
At about 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 12 Middle Township police responded to a reported vehicle crash involving three vehicles on South Railroad Avenue in Rio Grande.
According to police, Jeffery Aviles, 26, of Villas, was in a 2000 Chevy Silverado Pickup, stopped facing north, straddling the left turn lane and straight lane approaching the intersection of Route 47.
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Vehicles were avoiding Aviles pickup, going around him to continue north, police said.
At some point Aviles' foot hit the gas and his pickup rear-ended another vehicle, which subsequently struck another vehicle.
Police said Aviles was found unresponsive in truck from an apparent drug overdose.
He was revived with Narcan and was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center by Middle Township EMS.
There were no other injuries in the other vehicles.
Police said they found drug paraphernalia and a pellet gun in Avile’s vehicle.
Aviles was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
He was released on a summons.
Patrolman Thomas Flounders investigated.