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Officer given Narcan after coming into contact with heroin, fentanyl

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Washington Township police officer was administered Narcan and taken to a Monroeville hospital early Sunday morning.

The officer came into contact with suspected heroin, fentanyl or both, the Washington Township Police Department said.

The incident happened just before 12:30 a.m. near Reservoir Road on Route 356.

Sgt. Vincent Surace said that officers were sent to the scene for a one-vehicle crash and found the driver to be intoxicated.

The driver was identified as Travis Ross, 34, of Leechburg. Officer Kenneth Sebastian placed Ross under arrest for DUI.

A second officer, whom Surace didn’t name, had reached Ross’ car to get his license when he was exposed to the substance.


Surace said the officer noticed a burning feeling in his chest and developed a rapid heartbeat. Emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene and administered two doses of Narcan before taking the officer to Forbes Regional Hospital.

He was treated and released.

Tthe officer “is doing well at this time,” Surace told Channel 11. He was unable to say how the drug got into the officer’s system.

Along with DUI, Ross is charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and summary citation.

The investigation is still pending, according to Surace.