HAWTHORNE, NJ – A 50-year-old Greenwood Lake man passed out at the wheel, allegedly high on narcotics, and wound up in a gas station entrance asleep at the wheel.

On July 18, police received a call for an erratic driver headed down Rea Avenue Extension at approximately 3 p.m. Police found a white 1987 Chevy Blazer at Rea and Goffle Road parked on the sidewalk and partially in the entrance to the gas station.  

“The driver was found to be asleep in the vehicle with the vehicle still running,” police reported. “It took several attempts for officers to awake the driver, and while speaking with the driver, the driver kept falling asleep mid conversation.” 

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The 50-year-old male driver admitted to taking heroin and a sleeping pill at some point during the day, prior to driving.   

Police did not report damage to the vehicle or the gas station, but they did find six bundles of heroin and five loose envelopes of heroin in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and brought to headquarters for processing, where it was determined after a drug recognition expert evaluation, that the driver was under the influence of narcotics.   

Police then asked the suspect to provide a urine sample. The suspect then appeared to scoop water from the toilet and advised the officer that it was his urine sample, police said. The suspect was then also charge with tampering with evidence as well as the DWI charges. The party was later released pending court dates.    

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