VINELAND — A city man was revived with the overdose antidote Narcan after police found him unconscious in the driver’s seat of a car, police said. He was charged with drug possession and driving while intoxicated.
At 10:53 p.m. March 18, officers found a vehicle at West Landis Avenue and South Second Street. Police said Robert Costa, 41, of Vineland, was unconscious behind the wheel with the car still in drive. After finding a syringe with suspected heroin in the car’s center console, police said, officers believed Costa had overdosed. Officers and Vineland EMS used Narcan to revive Costa, who was then taken to Inspira Medical Center for further treatment.
Police said investigation found a man, identified as William Freundlich, 39, of Newfield, who was near the scene as Costa was being treated, had been inside the vehicle with Costa. Freundlich was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and released pending a court appearance.
Costa was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, possession of suspected heroin, use of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open container of alcohol and use of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released to a third party pending a future court appearance.