Two city police officers who happened to be in the right place at the right time rescued an apparently impaired driver and a 14-month-old girl from a smoking sport utility vehicle after a spectacular traffic crash Tuesday morning, and the driver was arrested on narcotics charges.
Police said the driver, Justin D. Olds, 26, of Cain Road, Youngstown, was charged with criminal possession of hypodermic needles, possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated driving while impaired with a child in the vehicle.
Detective John W. Galie of the Narcotics Intelligence Division and his partner, Officer Joseph J. Palermo, were driving along Main Street at about 10:45 a.m. when they noticed a Jeep Liberty SUV being driven erratically along Chilton Avenue.
Galie said the driver appeared to be slumped over and his head was resting against the window of the Jeep. The police cruiser made a U-turn so Galie and Palermo could check on the condition of the driver.
They said the SUV continued on an erratic path, running off the street, striking a utility pole and emitting clouds of smoke. Galie said Olds was pinned inside the smoking car, and the two policemen pulled him out through a window.
Officers said the 14-month-old girl was in an infant's seat in the back of the car. An ambulance took her to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where she was examined for possible injuries, and then she was turned over to Child Protective Services, police said. The police report did not identify the infant or whether she was related to the driver.
Investigators said that in the SUV, they found 10 hypodermic needles, two bags of heroin and three pills believed to be a controlled substance. They said that a needle was found in Olds' pocket and that two pills were found on the console. Olds was taken to the medical center for a blood test and then to Police Headquarters for booking.
Police said Olds told them, "I had two Xanaxes and a Suboxone earlier." They said he explained that he had not slept much and had taken the drugs to relax.