Police warn of drivers having crystal meth overdose


HOUSTON – Police said they have responded to several reports of drivers who appeared to have overdosed on crystal meth.

Police responded to a call about a reckless driver on Aug. 7 at 8:16 p.m. on East Parkwood Avenue. The driver had reportedly slowly driven off the road and into a grassy area near a Walgreens.

Police arrived to find Ivan Glen Murphy, 36, unresponsive but breathing, with a quantity of crystal meth and a syringe.

Murphy was taken to a hospital and later charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Police said he was found in possession of 19.4 grams of crystal meth.

Police said Marla Springer Summerson, 39, crossed over into oncoming traffic on West Parkwood Avenue and hit a vehicle head-on July 25. As she was trapped inside her vehicle, she was caught trying to hide her crystal meth when police arrived. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A man was reported Thursday being slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 100 block of West Parkwood Avenue. When emergency medical service personnel and police arrived Daniel Austin Strickland, 31, who was conscious and breathing, told police he had taken two Hydrocodone.

Police said Strickland was taken into custody for public intoxication and his vehicle was inventoried. During the inventory, crystal meth was found in the vehicle.

Strickland was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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