Springfield medics use Narcan after 2 OD with children in truck

Springfield medics had to give Narcan to a man and woman who appeared to have overdosed while driving around the city with three small children in their truck.

Johnny Sparks, 42, and Jessica Coffey, 32, of Fairborn pleaded not guilty to three charges each of child endangering.

They were released from the Clark County Jail on a bond of their own recognizance.

The three children, who were all under the age of 10, were put in the care of a family member, according to court records.

Springfield police arrested the pair on West Home Road near North Fountain Avenue Sunday afternoon after responding to reports of a reckless pick up truck.

Officers found Sparks slumped over the wheel of a Dodge pickup truck, with Coffey trying to wake him up and three small children in the back seat, according to a Springfield Police Division report.

Police called for medics because they believed Sparks had overdosed, officers wrote in the report, and Sparks came to after two doses of Narcan were used on him.

Coffey was incoherent, police said, and “appeared as if she was going to lose consciousness” so medics also gave her one dose of Narcan and she later became coherent.

Officers found a small, plastic bag with what appeared to be a heroin and a spoon with residue inside of the truck, according to the report.

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