29-year-old Eric Deleon was charged with possession of marijuana, driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license after he was found passed out in a vehicle that was parked in a handicap spot.
On March 13th, a concerned citizen informed Deputy Chris Finley they were suspicious of a person at the BP Station located at 126 North Mt. Juliet Road. According to the affidavits, the deputy found a tan Honda parked in a handicapped spot and an unconscious man, later identified as Eric Deleon, inside behind the steering wheel. The deputy also observed an open beer and another unopened between Eric’s legs.
Deputy Finley knocked on the window to wake Eric up and instructed him to remove the key from the ignition and exit the vehicle. The deputy noted there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Eric’s breath and person, along with his red watery eyes, slurred speech, and the fact that Eric was unsteady on his feet. Eric admitted several times he was drunk and upon the offer of field sobriety tests declared that “he was getting mad, and to just arrest him.” The deputy noted Eric had previously been convicted for DUI in January 2013 in Wilson County and in June 2014 in Maury County. The deputy also discovered Eric’s license had been suspended for failing to appear in Springfield from August 2019. Eric was placed into custody and during his booking “a small baggy of marijuana” was found Eric’s coin pocket.
Eric Deleon was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. His bond was set at $1,000.