A 28-year-old Hampton Bays man was arrested on Sunday afternoon after rear-ending another vehicle on Sunrise Highway while suffering what State Police described as a drug overdose.
Authorities said Robert W. Miller was tailgating another vehicle in the eastern lanes of Sunrise Highway in the Westhampton area shortly after 5 p.m. when he struck the vehicle ahead of him. After he and the other driver safely pulled over, Mr. Miller immediately collapsed upon exiting his 2007 Ford Econoline E250, according to State Police.
Responding officers said Mr. Miller was unresponsive and appeared to be suffering from labored breathing. After finding several blue pills in Mr. Miller’s possession, which authorities think was the narcotic oxycodone, police administered Naloxone to counteract the effects of a possible overdose, authorities said. They also said Mr. Miller remained unresponsive until emergency medical personnel arrived to transport him to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he provided a blood sample and was held for further observation.
State Trooper Frank Bandiero, a public information officer, did not return calls.
Mr. Miller was charged with driving while his ability was impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, according to police. They also seized the pills as evidence.
Mr. Miller is scheduled to be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on December 5, at 9 a.m., according to police.