Newburgh man accused of passing out while driving with baby in car

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(Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Jail)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A Newburgh man is accused of passing out while driving with a baby in the backseat and crashing into a yard.

Troy Torrence is facing operating while intoxicated and child neglect charges.

According to an affidavit, Evansville Police believe Torrence took opioids before passing out because first responders revived him with Narcan.

Police say they didn’t find any narcotics in the vehicle.

Torrence said he had a prescription for Xanax and took it before driving, but EPD says Narcan wouldn’t have reversed the effects of Xanax.

According to the affidavit, the 911 caller reported seeing the vehicle weaving between lanes Tuesday night on Washington Avenue, heading toward Newburgh. The car was allegedly swerving into oncoming traffic and ran off the road into a front yard.

There were no reported injuries.

The caller said they saw a young baby sleeping in the back of the car and Torrence was unconscious, according to the affidavit.

Police say the car was found running and in reverse, with Torrence passed out. They broke a window to get in the car after trying to wake up the driver multiple times.

EPD says Torrence appeared confused and told officers the last thing he remembered was being on Washington Avenue.

The affidavit says a blood draw revealed Torrence had amphetamine and benzodiazepine in his system. Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

Torrence was being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail but has since been released.

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(This story was originally published on July 17, 2019)

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