Narcan used on Groton man found unconscious in vehicle

HOMER, N.Y. — A Groton man narrowly avoided death Saturday after police found him unconscious in a vehicle after an apparent drug overdose.

At around 4:39 p.m. Saturday, the Homer Police Department received a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver stopped alongside North Main Street in the village of Homer.

Police arrived to find three people inside the vehicle, all of whom appeared to be unconscious from using drugs, police said.

TLC Ambulance was summoned to the scene and the driver of the vehicle was administered Narcan, a medicine that can block the effects of opioids and reverse a drug overdose.

The driver was later identified as 30-year-old James M. Chambers, of Groton. Chambers told police that he had taken a controlled substance before driving the vehicle, rendering him unconscious. The two passengers in the vehicle also admitted to taking drugs but refused treatment at the scene, police said.

Chambers was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Homer Town Court next month.

A 27-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and released on an appearance ticket.

New York State Police assisted the Homer Police Department at the scene.