Unconscious Man Holding A Syringe Crashes Car (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A man filmed a Louisiana chief administrative officer's son crash his father's car on Sept. 1. The driver was reportedly passed out with a syringe in his hand.

Myron Granger recorded the crash in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, which destroyed another vehicle and snapped a utility pole, not knowing who the unconscious driver was, WVUE reports.

"Oh my God. Look at the needle still in his hand," Granger can be heard saying in the video of the passed out man behind the wheel.

It turned out the driver was 27-year-old Colin Mathison, son of Tim Mathison, the City of Slidell's chief administrative officer.

When authorities attempted to rouse the young man and get him to the ambulance, he woke up and drive off, hitting more cars as he did so.

"He looked up and said, 'Man that's what I did?' and he just left," Granger said. "He almost hit me. I was trying to get out the way because I didn't know if he was going to run me over."

Although it is unclear what was in the syringe, Colin was arrested shortly afterwards for possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless operation, driving without a license and traffic violations for hit and run.

"Where he hit the pole was the exact next block away from a school. An hour earlier he could have hit a school bus full of kids or ran somebody's child over," Granger said. "He was out. I thought he was dead."

Despite how potentially deadly the accident could have been, Colin was released from jail the same day on court order, meaning with no bail, WWL reports.

“He almost killed a guy up the street," said Granger. "If this lady had been in her car (the first one hit), she would have been seriously injured. Not to mention we’re right next to a school. Then he had drugs on him. I don’t think it’s fair.”

About a mile away and four days earlier, another official's child -- Bernard Sheriff Jimmy Pohlman's 31-year-old son, Justin -- was found dead after overdosing on drugs.

"We will absolutely see it all over the city, really just all over the state and all over the country," Orleans Parish Director of EMS Jeffrey Elder said. "There's not just one place you can go to to say this is happening. This is all over the place."

Sources: Brick Solid/InstagramWVUE, WWL / Photo credit: WWL via Brick Solid/Instagram

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