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Police: Man saved from overdose after stealing taxi in Farmingdale

Officers responding to a call about a taxi stolen from a Farmingdale cab stand Wednesday night recovered the vehicle a short time later, then had to resuscitate the suspected thief from an "apparent Opiate overdose" at the local station house.

Nassau County police said the suspect, identified as Christopher Chiaro, 31, of 2302 Rockwood Ave. in Baldwin, was taken to a hospital by police ambulance Wednesday and is being treated.

Chiaro faces charges including fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree assault, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of certain ammo feeding device, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Police said Second Precinct officers responded to Sunset Taxi on Atlantic Avenue near the Farmingdale Long Island Rail Road Station just before 11 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a stolen 2004 Ford taxi. A short time later, police said, officers spotted the taxi parked on Stewart Avenue near Hempstead Turnpike in Plainedge.

As the officers approached, police said, Chiaro ran onto Stewart Avenue but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. Officers then recovered a black bag from the taxi containing a 9-mm handgun, ammunition, two high-capacity magazines, 203 oxycodone pills, 10 clonazepam and two Suboxone.

However, police said, while Chiaro was being processed at the Second Precinct he apparently overdosed -- and had to be revived using Narcan. He was then transported to the hospital for treatment.

Chiaro was remanded at his arraignment. He was represented by an attorney from the Legal Aide Society, which does not generally comment on cases.y

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