40-year-old John Harris was charged with DUI, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of having a prohibited weapon when officers received a call concerning a possible overdose and found him slumped over the steering wheel of his SUV.
On August 14th, Officer Troutman responded to a potential overdose located outside of 222 Sunny Acre Drive. Officer Troutman spoke with the homeowner upon arrival who pointed out a white Buick SUV in the driveway behind the home. The vehicle was running as the officer approached and he noticed a man slumped over the steering wheel. The man, later identified as John Harris, was coated in sweat and the officer was not able to detect breathing. Officer Troutman requested for Harris to turn the vehicle off and unlock the door.
Harris struggled to complete the task and the odor of marijuana was thick inside the SUV while the door was open. As Harris exited the vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet, and the officer could see that his eyes were red and watery, and his speech was slurred. Officer Troutman attempted to administer a field sobriety test, but he was unable to due to Harris’ back injury. Officer Troutman searched the automobile and found a glass pipe, an expandable baton between the driver door and the seat, and a metal baseball bat between the console and the passenger seat. A search warrant was obtained for a blood draw, but Harris refused.
John Matthew was charged with DUI, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of having a prohibited weapon. His bond was set at $5,500.