Police Suspect Heroin Involved in Ferguson Township Crash
April 07, 2017 4:00 AM
by Geoff Rushton
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A State College woman has been charged following a two-vehicle crash last week in which police believe she was under the influence of heroin.

No one was injured as a result of the crash in Ferguson Township, but police said Natalie Kapustik, 26, had to be revived with Naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of opioids, and was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Police were dispatched to an accident at about 8:25 p.m. on March 31 at West Aaron Drive and North Atherton Street. Ferguson Township Police said earlier this week that a Hyundai Elantra was traveling eastbound on West Aaron Drive through the intersection at North Atherton Street and drifted into oncoming traffic. The Elantra struck a GMC pickup truck that was stopped just before the intersection.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed Thursday, Kapustik, the driver of the Hyundai, was slumped over and unresponsive in her vehicle. Just prior to the accident call, police received a report of a woman slumped over the steering wheel in the area of Red Lobster on North Atherton Street. Police said the descriptions of the vehicle and the woman in that call matched Kapustik and her car.

After Kapustik was taken to the hospital, a search warrant was executed on the vehicle and revealed five unused blue wax bags stamped "Team #1" and five used bags with the same markings, according to the criminal complaint. Police said they found a spoon with heroin residue, a piece of cotton and several syringes.

A Ferguson Township detective who is a member of the Centre County Drug Task Force said he is aware of heroin being sold in packaging similar to what was found in the vehicle. He also said Kapustik has pending charges in Lycoming County for possession of a controlled substance.

Kapustik was charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Horner on Thursday with straight bail set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday

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