ITHACA, N.Y. –– The subject of a police welfare check experiencing an apparent drug overdose fled from law enforcement into traffic on Route 13 Friday, blocking the roadway and jumping on a car before being taken into custody and hospitalized.

At approximately 4:17 p.m. on Friday, June 19 Ithaca Police officers responded to the area of 435 Franklin Street for a requested welfare check on a subject experiencing an unknown problem.

According to a press release from IPD Sergeant Thomas Condzella, officers attempted to render assistance to the subject who, “began acting disorderly and eventually fled from the area on foot and into the nearby intersection of North Meadow Street (NYS Route 13) and Third Street.”

The press release goes on to say that while in the roadway the subject obstructed traffic and jumped on top of a stopped motor vehicle before being taken into custody.

It was determined that the subject was experiencing the effects of a drug overdose and as a result was transported by Bangs Ambulance to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Police say southbound traffic on North Meadow Street (NYS Route 13) was stopped briefly during this incident.

Anna Lamb

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