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Drugged driving a growing problem in WNY

Posted at 11:24 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 10:37:42-04

It's video caught exclusively on 7 Eyewitness News surveillance cameras.

Happening feet away from our studios Monday, a pickup truck barrels through the church street intersection. Police follow with flashing lights. Seconds later, that truck slams into an SUV, causing the truck to roll over and the SUV to crash into the WKBW fence.

On the ground, crews work to extricate the man from the truck.

Buffalo Police now say that man had overdosed on drugs. Officers had to administer Narcan at the scene.

Troopers, like Thomas James of Lockport, say this problem is only getting worse.

"It's been increasing in frequency with the overdose calls," said Thomas."A lot of times a drugged or drunken driver will obviously do things against the law. That's what we're primarily looking for when it comes to drugged drivers."

The opiate problem has created the need for drug recognition experts on the streets, who are trained to deal with impaired drivers.

Tuesday, 18 new DRE's graduated from training.