When first responders arrived at the scene in Salina, the Oswego man "was unconscious and struggling to breathe" inside his sedan, which was on the side of the freeway and had a flat tire, the outlet reported. The children, who were 7 and 8 years old, were not hurt, police said.
Gioia regained consciousness after emergency crews gave him Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, police told Syracuse.com. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, then released to police custody, troopers said. He now faces charges of DWI and breaking Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony when an intoxicated driver has a child in the car.