Upper Darby Police: Man who crashed car after overdosing part of alarming trend

Tim Jimenez
November 12, 2018 - 12:23 pm
The driver of this vehicle was under the influence of heroin when this happened. It took 4 doses of Narcan to revive him.

Upper Darby Police Department


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Upper Darby Police say a man who overdosed on heroin and slammed his car into a pole Sunday is now facing charges. The crash shut down a busy road and left 100 homes without power for several hours.

When police got to the site of the crash on Township Line Road near Foss Avenue in early Sunday afternoon, they saw a white Honda Accord that had smashed right through an electrical pole. Police have identified the driver as 28-year-old Ryan McClatchy.

"He was laying on the ground on the lawn of one of the houses."

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says officers administered four doses of narcan to revive McClatchy, who later admitted to snorting heroin. 

"You talk about tremendous danger. Apparently what he did is he passed out."

Chitwood says it's remarkable McClatchy survived and no one else was hurt. And too often, Chitwood says, people on opioids are getting behind the wheel.

"This particular case shows the significance of what heroin addiction is doing to our communities," he said.

He said it's not fair to innocent people who could get hurt or worse.

"We continually pull over people who are on some type of controlled substance. Now, that controlled substance can be heroin. That controlled substance could be marijuana. Could be oxycodone in a pill form," Chitwood said. 

McClatchy is facing several charges including DUI and reckless driving. 

Chitwood says this crash is just one example of an alarming trend.